Our Daily Bread: 18 April 2020
April 18 | Bible in a Year: 2 Samuel 3-5; Luke 14:25-35
TOPIC: BEING CARED FOR
The Lord Almighty is with us.
READ PSALM 46
Debbie, the owner of a housecleaning service, was always searching for more clients to build up her business. On one call she talked with a woman whose response was, “I won’t be able to afford that now; I’m undergoing cancer treatment.” Right then Debbie decided that “no woman undergoing cancer treatment would ever be turned away. They would even be offered a free housecleaning service.” So in 2005 she started a nonprofit organization where companies donated their cleaning services to women battling cancer. One such woman felt a rush of confidence when she came home to a clean house. She said, “For the first time, I actually believed I could beat cancer.”
A feeling of being cared for and supported can help sustain us when we’re facing a challenge. An awareness of God’s presence and support can especially bring hope to encourage our spirit. Psalm 46, a favorite of many people going through trials, reminds us: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” and “Be still, and know that I am God; . . . I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us” (vv. 1, 10-11).
Reminding ourselves of God’s promises and His presence with us can be a means to help renew our hearts and give us the courage and confidence to go through hard times.
By Anne Cetas
REFLECT & PRAY
“`I’m grateful, God, for Your presence and Your promises. May I live out an attitude of confidence in You and Your ability to sustain me. To learn more about why life can sometimes feel unfair, visit Christian University: Why is Life Unfair.
For what trials are you depending on God for strength? What Bible verses help you?“`
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