April 27, Saturday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided Joe Suh who serves as a pastor intern at the Church of Southland (Anaheim, California). Joe, who was a practicing attorney in the area of civil litigation, is currently enrolled at Talbot School of Theology. He and his wife Betty have been blessed with two beautiful children.


Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“My Plan Sounded Really Good Until . . .”

Psalm 121:1-3

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?  My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.

I once heard a very interesting quote from the former boxing heavyweight champion of the world, “Iron” Mike Tyson.  In a prefight interview he stated, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.  In boxing this makes a lot sense, but I feel this applies to our daily lives as well.  Basically, we all have a plan, but what happens to that plan when we are faced with adversity?

We all make plans for any number of things.  We plan to have a daily quiet time; we plan to reach out to our family and friends to share the gospel; we plan to get our kids into a great college; or we plan to marry the person of our dreams.  The plans go on and on.  Some plans are more detailed than others, but to some degree we have thoughts of how things will go in our lives.  Having a plan is a good thing; however, what happens when life throws us a curve ball or as Mike Tyson stated, “When we get punched in the mouth”?   Does adversity or an unexpected life event derail us?  Do we lose all hope?  Where do we truly put our trust when things get rough?

I think about my life and the hardships I have had to endure.  Not that my life has been some great struggle, but I would say I faced my share of challenges along the way.  I had always thought that when the struggles came, I would be able to lean upon my Heavenly Father.  In theory, that was what I would do.  However, when challenges came, I would turn to my own strength or knowledge to get me through.  My first thought would be, “what can I do”, rather than look to God.  Sadly, this would generally cause even more struggle and strife.

Here, the Psalmist asks where does my help come from?  We are reminded that our help comes from our Heavenly Father, the creator of everything.  The psalmist is not stating that we will not struggle or fail; rather, he is sharing the promise that our God will be there for us.  He is the one who has never left us and will catch us when we fall.  The degree to which we fall may vary, however the promise is that our Heavenly Father will be there for us.  He is our keeper and will not forsake us.

No matter what trials we may be facing or what plans have gone astray, remember that God’s hand is big enough to cover us all.  There will be a time when we are punched in the mouth; but when that time comes, we have to make sure the wheels don’t come off the wagon.  We need not solely on our own strength but be mindful to look to our Father.  It is a choice that we must actively make.  Let us all choose to know and believe that through it all, our Father is always there for us.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, once again I come to You in need of confessing that You have been an afterthought, a footnote, in my life far too long. Lord, when trials come, instead of calling another human being for comfort or counsel, remind me to get on my knees and cry out to You. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: 1 Corinthians 11-12

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