March 16, Friday

Devotional Thoughts for Today

Psalms 139:13-16

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

This passage often comes to mind when we think of babies. For me, I come back to this passage every time a circumstance has whispered the lie that I was unknown or insignificant. The psalmist’s words remind me of how intimately my Creator knows me and has formed me. Our God is so big and sovereign, yet He knows what each of our days will hold.

These verses took on a new light during my pregnancy, when I started to think about how that process was currently taking place in the new life within. It made me think about how each person—not just me— is known intimately by the Lord. When I think about how the Lord has created and purposed an unborn child, I am filled with awe at His sovereignty, and it gives me much comfort.

Pregnancy is a funny thing in that it is a very outwardly obvious circumstance—even strangers can observe this personal part of me and comment about it. Most of the time, I welcome people’s comments for they are funny and strikes up interesting conversations; but inevitably there is well-meaning advice that stirs up anxiety or doubt. However, God’s promise to us in this psalm reminds us how deeply we are known and cared for. In addition, He is sovereign and in control. There is no circumstance we encounter where His help and His presence is not found.

Is there a circumstance in your life today that is making you anxious? Have you taken time to remember God’s promises of who you are and who He is as your Creator?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to trust You more. Help me to see where I have built for my own glory and labored in vain. I want to depend on You. If you are dismantling something in my life, help me to see it as discipline from my Heavenly Father (Heb. 12:7). Help me to trust You as You build up a new thing in my life. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Judges 9


Lunch Break Study

Read Phil 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Questions to Consider

  1. What does Paul encourage believers to do when then are anxious?
  2. What is the result of this action according to Paul?

Note

  1. Paul encourages believers, with thanksgiving, to pray and petition and give our requests to God. This means we come with humble hearts, thanking God, not demanding the fulfillment of our needs. At the same time, we are encouraged to be honest with our requests.
  2. When we meet with God in prayer, we are given supernatural peace that comes despite difficult circumstances, as we remember who He is and His promises.

Evening Reflection

Heavenly Father, thank You that You are so sovereign and yet You draw near to us. Thank You that you know us fully and completely, yet You choose to love us. Remind us that Your love is not earned, but is based on our position as children of God purchased by the costly blood of Jesus Christ.  When we forget this, we are tempted to be anxious and fretful. Root us again today in the promises of Your Word. Amen.

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