Thursday Quote Day: Pete Wilson

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author Pete Wilson:

“When you’re hurt or doubting, there’s nothing more comforting than hearing someone say, ‘I know what you’re going through.’ When you’re questioning and crying, there’s nothing that helps more than being told, ‘I’m in it with you.'” (Pete Wilson Plan B)

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 43

Vindicate me, O God, and defend my cause
    against an ungodly people,
from the deceitful and unjust man
    deliver me!
For you are the God in whom I take refuge;
    why have you rejected me?
Why do I go about mourning
    because of the oppression of the enemy?

Send out your light and your truth;
    let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy hill
    and to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God,
    to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
    O God, my God.

Why are you cast down, O my soul,
    and why are you in turmoil within me?
Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,
    my salvation and my God.”  (Psalm 43)

There are times when we get discouraged.  There are times when we feel beat down by life.  We feel cast down.  We feel in turmoil.  But the good news is we don’t have to be alone in this.  We can turn to God.  He can give us refuge in those tough times.  He can comfort in those times of mourning.  He can lift us up when we feel cast down.  He can give us peace when we are in turmoil.

We can hope in God.  We can praise God because of this.  He gives us salvation.  He gives us rest.  This week, no matter what you’re going through, you can hope in God.  Give thanks for Him and who He is and what He has done and will do.

Sunday Devotional: Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
     He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.” (Psalm 23)

This chapter of Psalms is one of the most well known chapters in all of the Bible.  It is also one of the most comforting chapters.  That assurance that God watches over us like a shepherd.  That He is there to lead us through the hills and the valleys of life.  We have that assurance that He is there to comfort us when we need comforting.

We can trust that He is there for us, that He wants what best for us if we follow Him.  We can have the joy in knowing Him and dwelling and abiding in Him.  This week, let us remember and dwell on that.  Sometimes it’s good to go back and reread Scripture such as Psalm 23.  It gives us that reassurance that He is watching over us, that He is caring about us and that He loves us.  Let us share that news with ourselves and with others.

Sunday Devotional: Job 2:11-13

“Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.  And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven.  And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.”

This past Friday was the tragedy that took place in Paris.  It was horrific and heartbreaking.  And it is a time where around the world there have been #PrayersForParis.  It is a time to mourn and comfort with those in Paris.  And sometimes all we can do is come alongside those who are mourning and sit with them and give a shoulder to cry on and weep with them.

Whether it’s those on the other side of the world or those that are next door, we need to pray for those who are mourning.  We need to comfort those who are hurting.  And we are to trust God will help us to have the right words to say when the time comes to speak & give glory to Him through all times.

 

Sunday Devotional: Mark 4:35-41

“On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

We all go through tough times in our lives.  We all have storms that we have to deal with that blow through our lives.  But as followers of Jesus, we don’t deal with these tough times alone.  God is right there with us.  He knows what we’re going through each day.  He’s steady and firm through all the storms.

Jesus wasn’t worried about the storm.  He was peacefully sleeping through it.  The disciples were the ones who were worried.  And several of them were fishermen, so they understood what dealing with a storm was like and even they were worried.  But Jesus wasn’t worried.  He had everything under control.  He calmed the storm and made things at peace again.

Jesus can calm the storms in our lives as well.  We can trust in Him to get us through any and all storms.  So as we go about this week, let us trust in Him to do that.

The Flash and Trying to Outrun Pain

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One of my favorite new TV shows is The Flash.  I’m a huge fan of the comic book character and I am really enjoying the TV show.  It tells the story of Barry Allen, a scientist who works for the Central City Police Department.  He gets struck by lightning and the mix of the lightning, chemicals and a blast from a particle accelerator grant him the ability of super speed.  He uses his new found abilities to fight crime in the city.  He also is dealing with the death of his mother as a child and his father being wrongfully accused of the death.

In one of the first few episodes of the show he made the following statement:  “I thought being the fastest man alive would make my life easier.  That I could outrun anything.  Turns out, no one can outrun pain.”  Through the course of the episode he was trying to “outrun” or not deal with pain which included still wrestling with the loss of his mother.  But by the end of the episode he realizes that even the ‘fastest man alive’ can’t outrun pain.

We all want to outrun pain.  We all have something or someone that hurts us.  And we want to run away from the pain and not deal with it.  But like Barry Allen, we can’t outrun pain.  It’s there and it’s something that we have to deal with.  But the good news is we don’t have to deal with the pain alone.  God knows this and He’s right there with us.  He sends the Holy Spirit to us.  Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to comfort us, to be with us when we are hurting.

We may not have super speed like Barry Allen.  But we do know what it feels like to deal with pain, whether it’s physical or emotional.  And we know that we can’t outrun pain.  But it’s great to know someone who understands pain.  Someone who has dealt with pain and who can sympathize and empathize with us.  And we know that we are not alone and have to deal with the pain by ourselves.  We have Jesus with us.  There’s no pain and no problem that can get ahead of Him.