“I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:  while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted”  (Psalm 88:15 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). This Psalmist had endured affliction from an early age.  His remembrance of it seems to go back to childhood.  His whole life had been a life of trouble and sorrow. He was crying out for help. Because of all of the pain he felt, he was distracted.  The affliction dominated his thinking.  Physical suffering will affect our minds. Our thinking will be impaired if we let it do so. The…

The wilderness is a tough place!  It’s a place of barrenness and confusion..where you feel hopeless, discouraged, and oftentimes are tempted to give up.  Everywhere you turn, there’s nothing but dry, parched land, as far as the eye can see.  You may identify with Job, who felt completely abandoned by God. “If I go to the east, he is not there, and to the west, yet I do not perceive him. In the north when he is at work, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I see no trace of him.” Job 23:8-9, NET So…

mask“Buck-up” therapy. You’ve heard of it, haven’t you? In fact, we all have probably subscribed to the philosophy. Pretending that nothing is wrong, we gamely appear to be unaffected by the conflict and stress that fills our lives. After all, asking for help is often perceived as a sign of weakness. The tendency to bluff our way through our problems often prevents us from receiving the help and support we desire. We need each other, and we need God. None of us are capable of maneuvering through the obstacles of life without a Savior.

Prayer: Dear Lord, You are our refuge, a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Thank You for allowing us to come before You without masks or pretense. You are our safe place.

Devotion by Bonnie Peacock