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Psalm 29:11 – May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! (ESV)
I don't know about you, but this last year has been the longest that I've ever lived through. I've used up most of my energy trying to figure out ways to keep our church folks connected and to provide help wherever it's needed. This time last year, we were all heading into a tunnel of turmoil which we never expected. As we begin to see light at the end of it, we're probably all emotionally exhausted and spiritually drained.
This is when I find comfort in verses from the Book of Psalms. It seems to me that those writers of holy songs experienced a lot of turbulence and trouble in their lives, too. It made them rely on God instead of themselves; it made them seek strength and peace from the only One who could provide it for them. The great news about what they experienced is this: we can do the same.
Whatever circumstances that you find yourself in this week, whatever is happening to you or your family, whatever is going on in your lives, please know this: God has more than enough strength to carry you through this; God will graciously help you find the peace that you need.
Question: What am I currently going through? How can God's strength and peace help me endure and overcome it?
Prayer: Loving Lord, You know everything about us, so You perfectly understand what we need at this moment in our lives. If we are weak, become our strength; if we are agitated, be our peace. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.
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Thanks for the encouraging words, John.
Amen, and thank you for these timely words.
Thank you, John, for your devotional. Blessings.
Perfect timing – just the words I needed today.
Thank you so much for this encouraging word of Grace with us.
John, my thoughts and prayers go out daily for all in positions of authority, as they seek to move each of us closer to Jesus and the amazing peace God offers.
Thank you for your words today. It’s as if they were written especially for me and my needs of this day.
Again, thank you.
Well said! I have fully relied on God to carry me through this past year, and although it hasn’t been easy, I have felt a sense of peace throughout. God is in control, no matter what the outcome.
Thank you, John, for an encouraging message. I was moved as I have been waiting for open heart surgery and they cannot give me a date yet.
Good morning John. Thank you.
I love this message. So very true and comforting during these turbulent times, and always.
Thank you for your words of encouragement and faith. It is during times such as this that we realize, with greater insight, how very blessed we are to have the love, care, and sustaining support of our Saviour.
Peace and blessings.
Good Morning, John –
This last year and a half has been filled with more uncertainty over a period of time than many of us have ever experienced. The only sure thing we have to rely on is God. I appreciate your devotional as it points God’s people toward His power and peace imparted to us by Christ.
Good morning John,
Good words this morning, We like so many others are at loose ends with the current situation, however it seems like there is light at the end of the dark time tunnel, and we are receiving peace indeed.
Thank you for reminding us that God knows exactly what we need, and he is there to provide. Your honest feelings about how this year has affected you, helps us all to understand how we have been also affected by this past year. It is true that the writers of the Psalms faced many challenges and poured out their feelings in their songs. It is helpful to us in our own faith journey. May God walk with you on your journey. Blessings.
Oh John, your devotional has moved me to tears. I’m so grateful to God for such a timely message! I moved within the past month (a challenge to say the least), my eldest sister moved last week (but because of her age and increasing dementia needed my family to do all her packing and unpacking), and then my mother-in-law died this weekend, and my son needs to meet with the minister! See what I’m mean… how God has used you and your message, especially at this time! I will be forwarding it to my son for sure!
Thank you ever so much!
Thank you for your message today. Indeed, strength and peace is what we need from the Lord in these strange times we’ve been living through. I find myself turning to the Psalms these days more than ever. They seem to address all the needs of the human soul and are just as pertinent for our time as they were so long ago.
I hope you and your family are doing well and staying safe. These are challenging times for the church, but opportunities are there too.
Wishing you God’s richest blessings.