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Where There is a “Will”

Reflect:

Have you ever been so depressed, so discouraged you feel like you cannot get out of bed in the morning? Do your days sometimes feel like you are merely existing while God is nowhere? Are there days when it seems like the world is against you? In our days walking this earth, we will go through seasons where we feel like the dark valley is never ending, it is what we choose to do during these seasons that are going to affect our growth.

The writer of Psalm 42 understood lament all too well. He says 3 times between Psalms 42 and 43, “Why am I so depressed, why is this turmoil within me?’ It is natural to question our circumstances, but notice the words he says next; the writer says “I will”. Regardless of how we are feeling, we need to remember the “I will” in our lives because we can’t trust our feelings.

When you are in a season of struggle, take the time to follow through with the “I will” statements. When you wake up in the morning, remind yourself “I will” begin my day with prayer. When you are struggling, remember to say “I will” praise God regardless of my circumstances. Remember to say, “I will spend time in the Word of God.” God is good sisters; His grace is sufficient and the valley is only temporary

Pray:

God, you are so good. Thank you that you are sovereign over my life and my circumstances are only temporary. When I am feeling down, please help me to remember the “I will” statements, so that I may press closer into you. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Your Turn:

How do you handle things when circumstances get tough? Spend time in Psalm 42 and 43 this week.

It would be a privilege to pray for you!

Scripture:  Psalm 42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God:  when shall I come and appear before God?  My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?  When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holy day.  Why art thou cast down, O my soul?  and why art thou disquieted in me?  hope thou in God:  for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.  O my God, my soul is cast down within me:  therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.  Deep callet unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts:  all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.  Yet the Lord will command his loving kindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.  I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me?  why go I mouning because ofthe oppression of the enemy? As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation:  O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.  For thou art the God of my stregnth: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.  Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

Source:  Being Made Whole Devotion by wholemagazine.org

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