Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "Tell Me The Story Of Jesus"1 (Lyrics)
I don't mean to boast, but I just saw the king! Every fall, he shows up with his loaded gun blazing. Who is he? I lovingly call my husband the King of Caulk. He inspects every inch of this house for cracks, crevices, and holes that cold air could possibly get through. With determination in his eyes, he pulls out his caulking gun, loads it with an ammunition cartridge from the hardware store, and shoots those holes full of caulk! The fellow who built our double A-frame house didn't make it weatherproof. If we were invaded with caulk-loving aliens from space and all the caulk were pulled from our house, I am sure that it would fall to the ground in a heap. But I don't mind the caulk because the cold doesn't get into our house when the winds howl and the snow blows. So, I look forward to these annual "King of Caulk" sightings.
Just like this drafty old house, doubts can creep in through holes and crevices in my spiritual life. I pray and pray for something or someone but no answer comes, and in blows doubt that my prayers will ever be answered. I pray for healing, but I am still sick. "Where are you, God?" I ask for strength, or peace or even hope to no avail, and — swoosh — I can feel the cold air of disappointment blow in.
How can we head off these doubts and feelings of disappointment? The answer is with spiritual caulk: the Word of God, truth! The truth will not only set us free but will plug those holes that let doubt come in. As the devil whispers, "It's no use," shout out, "The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17 NLT) As his icy finger points to you and says, "You aren't worth God's time," give him a shot of "caulk" like "God loves the world and me so much that He gave His Son to die for me and loved me though I was unworthy." Or try this one: "I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." (Philippians 4:13 NLT) Gather truth as ammunition against the icy winds of doubt. Fill those holes with His truth and let Christ keep you warm as those winter winds blow. The King of kings can fill you with peace, hope, and even joy.
Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV)
As I sit here in our warm home, I am thankful for the love of my life and the King of Caulk with his mighty caulking gun. But I am even more thankful for the King of kings and His mighty Word that we can use to fill those holes of doubt and give us hope.
Prayer: Father, when the cold winds of sorrow and tribulation blow, we need the warmth and security of Your love. Fill us with Your hope. Amen.