June 24

Have you ever been in a situation where you felt that the whole world seemed to be against you, and they were closing in for the kill? The psalmist must have felt that way as well, and thankfully, he wrote about it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and we have it in our Bible. He was writing on the behalf of the nation of Israel, and he expressed the feeling that I described above. Terry and I were in Israel last fall, and I must tell you that there is not too much that has changed for the nation of Israel over all this time. We went to the northern border of Israel, and looked across an open field to Syria. Surrounding Israel today are nations that would like nothing more than to wipe them off the earth.

I would say that is a bad situation, except for the fact that God has protected Israel ever since Jacob was named “Israel.” This devotional is not written for a nation, but for those of us who take the time to read it every day. The reality is that we as individuals often feel the way I opened this devotional. We feel as though those who are against us are closing in, and we can easily come to the place of feeling that we have no hope. In Psalm 118:5-6 are some incredible words of comfort that I want to share with you today. When you are feeling that there is no hope, and that your enemies are about to triumph, remember these two verses.

I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

That little phrase, “The LORD is on my side,” is the key to everything. Sometimes life throws some difficult things at us, and all we can see is the problem in front of us. What we don’t see is the fact that the Lord (Who is on our side) has a large place waiting for us that we know nothing about. The Lord is the key to everything. I want to encourage you today with this thought: I cannot control the things that are happening around me, or the things that are happening to me, but I do control my walk with God. I am responsible for how near, or far from God I am today.

All of us will face that feeling that the world and our problems are closing in on us. The proximity we have to God will determine our success or failure in those times. God has everything in His control, and He is on your side as a believer. The issue is whether or not we are walking closely to Him. Don’t be defeated today by the things happening around you, just nestle a little closer to your Heavenly Father. He’s got it under control!

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