TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, November 28, 2018:
Break; fall down; sudden failure; succumb; cave; fail.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Have you ever been in so much despair that you felt as if you were sinking in deep water? The difficulties in life can be oppressive and many people today feel that they are sinking fast.
God does not promise that we will escape the turbulent seas of life, but He does promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5. This promise is one that each one of us should continually remember because it is true that Jesus does care for us. He cares so much for us that He gave His life for us.
In the verse above, Isaiah reminds us that we can trust our faithful God to always be there in all of our struggles including when we feel we are collapsing under the pressures of life and there is no hope.
We are living in an age where the lives of people all around us seem to be collapsing. The everyday situations around us, including life-styles, economic frustrations and dysfunctional families, should be of deep concern for all of us who know the Lord.
We see nations collapsing economically and violent civil unrest in many parts of our world. We see families collapsing with over 50% of all marriages failing. We see children, victims of both broken homes and homes with no standards being taught, who are turning to drugs and sex and the evil ways of the world to fill their empty lives.
People are losing jobs, losing their homes, lacking the money to buy food and most people have nowhere to turn. When troubles become so overwhelming that we feel our whole world is collapsing around us, Satan knows that that is the time we are most vulnerable and he will be right there tempting with all the temptations of our morally corrupt culture.
If you are facing what you feel is a “collapse” in your life, there is a verse found in I Corinthians 10:13 that we both memorized when we were children and it has been one of our favorites for years and has always helped us when we felt our world collapsing and felt we could bear no more.
From his own experience of going through difficult times, Paul wrote in I Corinthians: “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”
When difficulties seem to be sweeping over you like a flooding river remember the words said by Isaiah, “God will be with you.” When our world seems to be collapsing all around us, as believers we can be sure that God will be with us. He will protect us against a loss of our faith and will see that we will survive to see the wonders of His faithfulness. But we must keep our eyes on Him and put our complete trust in Him.
When your burdens are overwhelming and you feel your world is collapsing around you, trust God to put His arms underneath you and lift you up. Goving through rivers of difficulty will either cause you to drown or make you grow stronger. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 33:8.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
Thank You for Your promise not to allow Satan to tempt me beyond what I can bear. When I am going through rivers of difficulty help me to remember your promise to be with me and lead me to put my trust in You.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, 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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