As I prepare for church this morning, I am reminded of the privilege it is to live in a country with religious freedom. I begin my search for a like-minded group of believers in my new area and have an overwhelming response within a fifteen mile radius. As I consider believers' struggles in countries like China, I realize we are truly blessed with an overabundance, yet do so little of our part to share with our friends or show Christ's love. My devotion today shines a light on part of the reason we are so timid with sharing. Many people seem to have "trust issues" yet have access to the only one who will never fail them. I am terribly guilty of this. Every day God provides for my needs and often wants and every day I have to battle to trust that He will provide. I hope you find the following an encouragement to your hearts.
Let My Love stream through you, washing away fear and distrust. A trusting response includes Me in your thoughts as you consider strategies to deal with a situation. My continual Presence is a promise, guaranteeing that you never have to face anything alone. My children teethe on the truth that I am always with them, yet they stumble around in a stupor, unaware of My loving Presence all around them. How that grieves Me!When you walk through a day in trusting dependence on Me, My aching heart is soothed. Gently bring your attention back to Me whenever it wanders away. I look for persistence—rather than perfection—in your walk with Me.
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”