August 13, Sunday

Today’s AMI Devotional is written by Mei Lan Thallman. Mei Lan is originally from Taiwan and a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary (M.A.) in Kentucky. She is the wife of Pastor Kirt, who serves at Grace Covenant Church (Philadelphia).  They have two children, Nate (13) and Naomi (11).

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY

He Restores My Soul

James 4:7-10

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

At the beginning of this summer, I felt wearied and fatigued, like a car that has been on a long distance nonstop travel. My physical and emotional tanks were running on empty, warning lights flashing on all core components of my personhood. After sending the kids to their grandparents’ farm for a week, I told my husband that I desperately needed an extended personal time with Jesus.

For three days I simply took the time to draw near in His presence through music, prayer, reading His word and lying prostrate on the floor in my living room. Jesus faithfully and graciously met me where I was with His very presence. He met me in the deepest recess of my soul and spirit as only He could. I felt the Holy Spirit ministering to me so deeply that I had no words to respond, but simply surrendered to the flows of deep groaning with buckets of tears. He was with me and He was restoring my soul.

During those three days of personal retreat with Jesus, I kept on remembering the tender account of God’s providential care for the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. After experiencing God’s supernatural empowerment to defeat 450 false prophets of Baal and ending 3½ years of severe drought, Elijah’s battle weariness led him into a time of isolation, depression and self-pity.

Like a loving mother tenderly caring for her embittered and discouraged child, God met Elijah’s complaint and fatigue by sending angels repeatedly to provide him food and rest. He simply loved on Elijah and restored him from the inside out. After being reminded and reaffirmed of where he belonged, Elijah was ready to continue the race with God.

Do you need to be reminded today of who you are and whose vessel you are? Do you need to be reassured of His love for yourself and experience his restoration power? Come to Him as you are and linger in His presence. Come taste and see for yourself the goodness and sweetness of your Heavenly Father.

Prayer: Father God, No one knows me like you and no one loves me and is able to meet my deepest needs like you. No one can restore me like you can. Please forgive me for substituting other people, things, activities and accomplishments to meet the needs of my soul. Help me daily to draw near you and allow you to satisfy my needy soul.

Bible Reading for Today: Haggai 2

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