No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. C. S. Lewis
God has a theme message going in my life. This devotion is another reminder to me to be thankful and praise God. May it bless you as it did me! Thanks Joyce Meyer!
No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question)concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God. Romans 4:20
From Joyce Meyer’s devotional, “Love out Loud”:
You may know the story of Abraham( see Genesis 12:1-17, 21;7). Basically, God promised Abraham a son, but at the time, he was one hundred years old and his wife was ninety, so their childbearing years were long gone! But Abraham knew God had spoken and was determined not to focus on the natural impossibility that he and Sarah could have a child. Instead, he planted his faith in God’s promise and held on to that promise by praising God. His story is so remarkable that Paul made reference to it in Romans 4:18-21.
Abraham had absolutely no reason to hope. In fact, if any situation has ever been beyond hope, it would be the possibility of two people past ninety being able to have a biological child. Nevertheless, Abraham kept hoping: he kept believing God’s promise. He did not waver in his faith or question God’s promise. Instead, “he grew strong and was empowered by faith” as he praised God.
The same thing will happen when you praise God. You gain more and more strength, your faith increases, and the things that are coming against you to defeat you are dissipated as you praise Him. That’s why it’s important to be diligent to listen to praise and worship music. I encourage you to play it in your home and in your car; learn songs and sing them; thank God and praise Him!
Love God Today; God never responds to complaining, but He does respond to praise and an attitude of gratitude.
I’m in a place with hemmed in walls….
“You need to go this way”, wisdom seem to call
So.. I turn to go in that direction
But alas, I’m blocked from the freeing connection
Oh I get it now, the other way must be right
But it also stops just beyond my sight
“So what do I do?” I’m so frustrated
“Am I sane the way I’m created?”
God has a purpose I just need to believe
And the guidance will come that I’m to receive
I’m so exhausted from trying to know
If I should try to do something, or just be and let go
Under the edge my emotions hover
Days seem endless, when will it be over?
Yet I know my God is unendingly good
So I try to persevere like I know I should
Lord, I don’t do this very well but I’m trying…..
However, I have to admit…., today I am very frustrated!!
Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C. S. Lewis