Yesterday I shared how God gave me a song to minister to my soul and calm my fears as I struggled with problems my loved ones were facing.
But there is more to the story. Even as God calmed my fears through the words of this song and reminded me to praise him, He reaffirmed those thoughts in another way.
My sister and I both love books and she recently sent me 3, of which one was the Assemblies of God devotional, “God’s Word For Today.” That same night I picked up the devotional and read the one for that day. It was called, “Suddenly Everything Changed.”
The scripture with the devotion was Acts 12:7. It reads, “Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.”The devotion continues: Have you ever experienced a time when you felt your hands were tied and you could do nothing? Peter was thrown in prison and held in chains. Then suddenly, God showed up and unveiled His power of deliverance. Think about Peter’s circumstance: in chains awaiting trial, soldiers surrounding him, and people accusing him. The situation seemed hopeless, but not for God. Whatever you face today know that God is with you. He can suddenly change your situation when you trust in Him.
The thought for today: Never quit because the God of suddenly is with you! Pray, believe, and rest in him.
Tears filled my eyes as I sensed my loving heavenly Father providing, yet again, more assurance of his deliverance for the problems of my concern. I was so struck that both accounts involved the chains falling off and those who were shackled were free.
How awesome is our kind and loving heavenly Father! Sometimes what we know to be true in our faith cannot get through the anxious moments because we have focused too much on the problem. God so lovingly knew that night I needed a clear word from Him. An assurance divinely placed before me to remind me he is as much able to break the chains of any situation today as he was thousands of years ago when he set Peter free of the physical chains that were holding him in prison.
I pray this speaks to some other person who is dealing with issues that threaten to steal their peace. Praise opens the door to God, the God of “suddenly!”
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalms 43:5