Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Now Thank We All Our God"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 9:12 – This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. (NIV)
Two months ago, I injured my ankle when I tripped over a garden fence in my backyard. To my surprise, it was more serious than I'd first thought. An x-ray revealed that a bone was dislocated, so I needed surgery to repair it. Afterward, my leg was placed in a cast; now, several weeks later, I'm wearing a post-operative boot while also receiving physical therapy.
Being less mobile gave me the opportunity to contemplate today's Scriptures from a new perspective. Since I had no other choice but to limit my regular activities, it was easier to listen for God's voice. But first, I questioned what the Lord wanted me to learn from this experience. As I thought about it, I realized that various people that He had placed in my life were an important part of my recovery process. It struck me how much we need each other, especially in the body of Christ.
Without the help of my husband and family, I could not have managed. Moreover, I was blessed by many friends who prayed, sent cards of encouragement, delivered meals, and stopped by to visit. Others went out of their way to take me out, pushing me in a wheelchair. These acts of kindness and more made my heart overflow with thanksgiving to God.
In many ways, the Lord demonstrates His love for us through family, friends, and church members. Never knowing what tomorrow may bring, we may find ourselves in a situation that we cannot handle alone, or perhaps, we may have the opportunity to be helpful to someone else in need. In either case, it's important to take time to listen for God's voice, to be ready to do His will, and to offer up our praise to Him for those who faithfully serve Him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for using the challenges that we face as opportunities to draw closer to You. Thank You also for the people in our lives who help us through difficult times. In the holy name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.