Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Only Trust Him"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 62:1-2 – My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. (NIV)
Thunderstorms with tornados are common in Indiana, USA, where I spent much of my childhood. Blaring sirens would ring out, disturbing a peaceful dinner or interrupting a night's sleep. My family would cross our lawn to the neighbourhood church, and hide in the basement. My grandpa, the pastor of the church, had a study in the basement. There, surrounded by his books, his overstuffed leather chair, and massive desk, I would curl up next to him and wait out the storm. Sometimes, we would read his books, or talk about our day. Sometimes, he would review his sermon notes for the coming Sunday. But in his presence, I no longer feared the raging storm.
Wars, turmoil, grief, and sickness all threaten to overwhelm us. Their presence invades our hearts and minds, blaring out warning sirens. We find ourselves on high alert as we navigate life. Peace is drowned. Yet, with God, the turmoil around us cannot touch our souls. We find refuge in Him.
In every season, we can turn our focus and our gaze back to God, no matter what assails us. We look to His purpose, to His plan for our good, much like my attention turned to my grandfather so long ago while tornados swirled above us. When our eyes look heavenward, we can rejoice. We can remain grateful to God for His grace, His presence, and His power.
When any bad news hits you, take it immediately to God the Father in prayer. Lift your hands and say, "I know that You have this in Your hands, and You have me, too."
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for Your care for us. Thank You for holding us in Your hands. We fix our gaze on You and our hearts are at rest. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.