August 8

Recently I heard stories of people fleeing from the wildfires in California. They were given minimal time to decide what they could take from their homes before evacuating. There was video of an older couple standing in their living room, just looking around the room, trying to decide what things they would take, and what things they were willing to lose. Of course, this was a gut-wrenching time, as memories of each item in their home ran through their minds. It made me think about myself if I were placed in their situation. What things would be most important to me, and what things would I be willing to part with?

Today I read some incredible verses that  encourage my heart every time I read them. “I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. I poured out my complaint before him; I showed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, ‘Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living’” (Psalm 142:1-5).

David described the condition many of us find ourselves in today in our lives. We look all around for help, and it seems that help is nowhere to be found. We look to family, friends, agencies, government, and even complete strangers, but there is no hope and no help coming from any of those places. When we finally realize that the only place we have hope and help that will last is from the Lord, we have arrived at the right conclusion.

These five verses started with focus on the Lord, and end with focus on the Lord. In the middle verses, the attention is drawn to the troubles being faced. The sooner we arrive at the conclusion that God is all we need, the better off we will be in our lives. Today, I do not know what is facing you. You have no idea what is facing me. But, I am sure that each of us can find all we need if we will simply turn to the Lord. If you are facing trials similar to Job of the Old Testament, take heart in knowing that God was fully aware of what he was going through and He never left his side for one second. If your ship is taking on water, and you are afraid that the waves of troubles will overcome you, remember that Jesus was sound asleep in the bottom of the disciple’s boat, and He had the answer they needed to the storm. Remember, God is all you need for today!

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