Comfort in the weary land!
Verse for Today: Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Psalms 4:1 – Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Give me relief from my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
In times of great distress and unbearable burden in our hearts, our prayers become loud cries before the Lord. We may not express our emotions to those around us because often they are unable to understand our anguishes and agonies. Some of our associates might only find fault with us and attribute all our distress to our failures and weaknesses. There are times when most people would not understand our innocence and the transparency of our motives. Under such circumstances, the enemy of our soul will take extra efforts to cast doubts in the minds of others about our righteousness. But in all such circumstances, the Lord becomes our righteousness. He also understands the depth our distress. During our moments of pain and misery, we have the blessed privilege to seek after the face of our Lord to enjoy His grace and mercy which will give us a release from our distress and anguish. He will not reject us in our saddest moments of pain and isolation, but will come to strengthen us. He will help us to lean on to His shoulders to find comfort and strength. Even when the whole world rejects us, our Lord will not keep away from us. He will be a great friend, counselor and mentor to us and will give us His answers to weather away these storms. His Word will be our lamp to keep going when the way becomes rough. He will hold us like a mother comforts her little baby. He will wipe our tears and cuddle us in His hands. He will enable us to cast all our burdens on Him. He will not reject us nor forsake us in trying and lonely times. He will give us the grace to handle our situations in His love. When we are misunderstood by all around, He would robe us with His righteousness. He will help us to ease our minds from our distressing situations. He hears our heart cry and will answer us in due time.
Dear reader, are you distressed today because of the misunderstanding the enemy tries to create in the minds of people? Are you being unfairly criticized and are your words being wrongly interpreted? Is your patience being tested by trying circumstances? Remember, the enemy of our soul will sow the seeds of bitterness in the minds of our dear ones and allow it to grow and become like a tree. He is smart in making these bitter trees fruit hatred, despising, humiliation, discontent and competition. He knows how to use it all to take away our peace and rest. When our kith and kin forsake you, our Lord will come to comfort, protect and lead you as He led Joseph. When colleagues try to catch us unaware, He will come to close the mouths of lions and keep us safe overnight in the lion’s dens. When you are thrown into the fire of misunderstanding and misinterpretation as in the case of the Hebrew Youth in Babylon, He will come to keep you company and protect you by His presence. When you cry out loud to the Lord, He will listen to your cries and see your tears. His hands will wipe your tears. He will be with you as He was with Paul when the believers in Rome resented him and when his dearest associates left him alone in the prison. Today He reassures you that He will be with you every moment of your life throughout your journey.
Psalms 48:14 – For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.
Thought for Today
Our God hears our prayers and transforms our distress in the weary land to an oasis of joy and peace.
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