TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, July 18, 2018:
A limb usually occurring in pairs; a flight.
Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
David wrote openly and honestly about the ups and downs in his life. Although he was King, life was not easy. He had violence, oppression and strife around him on all sides. Much of this was stirred up by disloyalties from old friends and even family. On many occasions fear and terror, pain and trembling, anxiety and restlessness overwhelmed him. No wonder he wrote in the verse above that he wanted wings so he could fly away.
When many of us face strife, pain or anxiety we want to go somewhere to get away from it all. So we can understand how David felt when he wrote this verse (above). You can hear him sigh and say, oh, if I only had wings like a dove, I would get out of here and fly away and be at rest for a few days.
Certainly, David was a man of great faith and walked with the Lord his God, yet even he had those moments in life when he felt he could bear no more. He just wanted to escape the pressures of this evil world.
No matter how close we are to God we will have to deal with an evil world. There is no way of escaping it, not even for David who was a King.
David could only give his circumstances to God. In verses 16-17 he writes, “As for me, I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me. Evening and morning and noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” David, was confident that when he called upon the Lord, the Lord would hear him and would protect him.
There is no escaping from the difficult situations we face in life. But whatever our circumstances, a difficult marriage, a problem child, a loss of a job, the loss of a loved one, neighbors that are hurtful, or deep loneliness, we can give them to God.
God has lifted the burden of our sins so will He not lift the weight of our distress and sorrows? We have trusted Him with our eternal souls, can we not trust Him with our current circumstances. In Psalms 55:22 it reads, “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” Because God cares for us, we can leave our cares with Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Zechariah 13:9.
I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, “This is My people,” and each one will say, “The Lord is my God.”
I am so grateful that I can put in Your hands all my cares and concerns. Help me to teach my family and friends to daily cast their cares and concerns upon You, knowing that You will in turn care for them.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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