Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Holy Spirit Hear Us"1 (Lyrics)
As I looked out my window this morning, I noticed a large, dark cloud looming behind the big evergreen tree on the front lawn. As I continued to look at the cloud, it became evident that the whole cloud had a glowing outline — something beautiful to behold.
In the saying, "Every cloud has a silver lining", a silver lining is a metaphor for optimism. As I thought about the silver lining, I was reminded about all the silver linings or promises in the Bible, God's Word to us:
When we feel discouraged: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
When we feel anxious: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV 2011)
When we feel helpless: But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
I went back to the same window and looked at that same cloud. The cloud was now engulfed in total brightness, almost like the sun was now embracing the darkness. It was an amazing picture.
If we are experiencing feelings of doubt, discouragement, anger, or helplessness, isn't it wonderful to know that we are not alone. God promises to be with us in whatever situation we find ourselves in.
Prayer: Dear God, thank You for giving us Your promises in the Bible. All we have to do is claim them for ourselves and believe that You are with us always. Amen.