August 18, 2021

I remember once watching a bodybuilder team called “The Power Team” demonstrate their incredible strengths; they lifted heavy weights, bent steel bars with their bare hands, and even pulled a loaded bus with their teeth. I remember afterward, several small children ran up to the strong men, asking the same question: “Can you lift me?” Their question seemed silly, especially after seeing the demonstrations of strength the men showed; of course, they could pick them up!

As I read (Psalm 78:17-33), it seemed the people of Israel asked the Lord a similarly childish question. After God had just brought them out of Egypt with His mighty hand, they still wondered in (v. 19), “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” Though He had cared for them in the past, they worried God would let them starve. Their unbelief angered God, but He compassionately provided for His people. Still, they did not trust in Him, and fear consumed their lives (vs. 32-33) says, “In spite of all this, they still sinned; despite his wonders, they did not believe. So he made their days vanish like a breath, and their years in terror.” Can we relate to the people of Israel? Even though God has shown us on numerous occasions that He will provide for us, don’t we still question our security we have in Him?

Friends, no matter what struggle you may be going through right now, God is more than able to carry you and provide for your needs. Are you filled with God’s peace and provision, or are you worried about today? Turn to God with this prayer for the strength to endure your difficult time and look forward with hope. Would you pray with me?

Father, everything seems to be crumbling around me. Everything has collapsed beneath me. Everything has burned above me. Yet You remain! I call out to You to save me. Lord, You have never failed those who hope in Your name. In Jesus, You have demonstrated Your great love for me. Regardless of this illusion of hopelessness, please give me the strength to be hopeful, for I know of the coming days of glory. In the hope of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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