It is our prayer that this devotional will provide comfort, strength, encouragement, and healing for you and your family, and that through its pages you will discover extraordinary hope and the blessing of victory that only He can give. May God bless you and keep you always in His care, on this journey and beyond.
Families everywhere, especially in hard hit New Jersey and New York, were jolted out of normalcy and the comfort and security of the homes and communities they once knew. They were thrust suddenly and unwillingly into the darkness and despair of loss. However, if trouble has hit your life in some other disaster or form of tragedy—the death of a loved one, a dreaded medical diagnosis, the loss of home and property, or the loss of your job, you are experiencing your own superstorm. You may feel as if your whole world has been turned upside down and wonder how you can possibly survive the loss.
In times like these, you can feel very much alone. But you are not alone.
In the midst of unspeakable sorrow, God is with you. Even if you do not feel Him near, God is there. He promises to never leave you alone. Therefore, wherever you are, God is. He is with you before, during, and after the storm, never losing sight of you, or your suffering. Even as you ponder how you will begin picking up the pieces of your life, God is there … loving you beyond understanding, holding you up, and making a way where it seems there is no way. Reach out for Him today. He is a very present help in times of trouble see Psalm Additional Scripture reading:.
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The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. Psalm God knows in great detail the devastation caused by tragedy. He understands the pain and sorrow acquainted with grief and loss. He understands because He is all knowing. Furthermore, Jesus endured suffering see Isaiah 53 and experienced pain—even the pain of feeling abandoned see Matthew And because God is with you always, He knows that you are hurting. He sees your pain, and hears the cries of your heart. You are not alone in your suffering; He is there for you.
God cares very deeply about you, and is attentive to every detail of your life—even those things that burden your heart. It may seem like your life has been shaken to the core, but His love for you is never shaken. No matter how bad things may seem, God is in control. Nothing happens without His knowledge. Two for a penny? You are more valuable to Him than many sparrows. In the midst of sadness and uncertainty, His hand is there to guide you; His strength is there to support you. You are never out of His reach. The righteous cry, and the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.
One of the most difficult things we can face in life is loss, and in the aftermath of a tragedy, the pain of loss can be very difficult to cope with. At times, it may even seem unbearable. Because God made us with feelings, there are many other difficult emotions we may experience when grieving or facing tough circumstances. We can feel hopeless, helpless, confused, fearful, anxious, and even angry. Recognizing these emotions, and releasing them in healthy ways, is extremely important in the journey toward healing and wellness. Ignoring or suppressing them can be very destructive, crippling to say the least.
What emotions do you feel in your heart? Heartache and pain are undoubtedly among them. Even the Lord Jesus Christ wept when faced with the tragedy and sorrow of death see John Think about it. So take the first step. Get alone with God, and tell Him honestly how badly you are hurting. Cry if you want to. In a desperate fight for survival, many people passed through the floodwaters left by Hurricane Katrina in a frantic search for higher ground. It had to be a frightening experience to wade, and in some areas, swim, through the murky, contaminated waters to save self, family members, neighbors, family pets, and in some cases, total strangers.
But in the midst of fear, desperation, and uncertainty, many passed through the deep waters courageously, and were eventually rescued and taken to safety. As you pass through the deep waters of your circumstances, you may be wondering, Who can rescue me from this? Be encouraged! Even in the deepest of waters, God promises to be with the one who trusts in Him. He alone can truly rescue you and keep you from drowning.
Just as Jesus rescued Peter when He invited him to walk on water in the midst of a storm see Matthew At first, Peter trusted Jesus and joined Him on the water, but as soon as he began to focus on the storm, and give in to the fear of it, he began to sink. He can rescue you too. All you need do is take a deep breath of faith, reach out, and take hold of the mighty hand of God. Do not fear the deep, murky waters of uncertainty surrounding you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Take from a man his wealth, and you hinder him; take from him his purpose, and you slow him down. But take from man his hope, and you stop him. He can go on without wealth, and even without purpose, for a while. This Scripture tells us that because we are in right standing with God, that His favor actually surrounds us everyday. That is what I heard after looking at the 15th house in our search for a home in New England. I was getting discouraged, everything was so pricey and so much work needed to be done to make most of the homes livable.
A church is more than a building. God has given us a command to pray for Kings and those in authority our President, members of Congress, the Senate and other elected officials. This is a fundamental privilege and calling we have as Christians. This is mentioned over 20 times in the Bible. Daily Devotional Guide. This 31 Day devotional guide will help you focus your daily prayer and devotional time each day. Each of the devotionals were written by IFC staff and leaders.
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