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8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4: 8 – 9 NIV
Father thank You for carrying me through this week. There were literally times when I felt too weak to go on. In these times, You didn’t just urge me forward. You carried me. You made a way where I couldn’t see one. When I felt like life had me cornered. Like I’d been beaten by challenges and left panting on the ropes. You made sure I was not destroyed. You put Your angels to watch over me. To set up camp – a line of defense around me. I felt pressed, but because You hold me in the palm of Your hand, I could never be crushed.
Hardships and obstacles had me confused sometimes. Feeling like I didn’t know what to do. But I’m thankful that You have plans for me. Good plans. You already took into account everything that would take me by surprise. Everything that caught me off guard. You use life’s monkey wrenches as tools to work everything for my benefit. You aren’t stumped by the trials I face, and that gives me peace.
I may be persecuted, embarrassed, made fun of… I may be ridiculed or excluded. But in You I am never abandoned. You will never leave me. Never desert me. I may have felt alone in my problems, but I never truly was. I’m never alone. You, Lord are with me in all things. Thank You for Your presence. It’s a comforting constant in this ever-changing world. You are where my hope and confidence rests.
I had some disappointments this week. But I could run to You with all of them. Thank You for reminding me that You are strong when I am weak. When things don’t go as I hoped I’m not hopeless. Because my hope is in You. Not in a particular outcome. I trust that You are good. So whatever comes my way, I can face it. I trust Your heart towards me when I can’t see Your hand at work.
Thank You Father for mercies that are new every morning. Tailor-made to meet the needs I’ll have each day. I go into today in Your strength, not my own. So I’m hopeful, joyful and full of faith knowing that what’s to come will be better than what’s passed. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love & Blessings,