March 8, Sunday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought, prepared by Pastor Jason Sato, was originally posted on December 8. 2013.  He and his wife Jessica (along with their three young children) recently moved to Japan in 2019 to serve as missionaries. 

 

Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“God, a Very Present Help in Times of Greatest Needs”

Psalm 121:1-8

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 5 The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. 7 The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Regardless of what we face today—minor inconveniences or even overwhelming challenges—our help comes from the Lord.  He is not just any God, but the Almighty One who made the heavens and the earth. Our God neither slumbers nor sleeps.  He is never indifferent, too busy, or too tired for His children. Unlike Cain, who rejected his role as his brother’s keeper, our Father will keep us in our going out and our coming in forever.

Our Lord is faithful, and He is able to do what no other god could ever do.  Beyond simply resolving difficult circumstances, God is actually able to replace our easily discouraged hearts with hearts of courage that will remain unmoved.  He gives grace to people like us in whom is found a deceitful heart (Jer. 17:9); He transforms us, through His word and the Holy Spirit, so that we may delight in good.  If we ask, God can do more than change our circumstances; He can change our hearts.

As you begin your day, take a moment to pray that the Lord would give you grace to be steadfast in Him and that He would keep you from evil.  Pray that amid many distractions, He would keep your focus on one thing today: Loving and obeying Him. Pray that when you need help to do so, and you will, that you would turn to Him and He would be your help.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that You are always there to come and save me.  I am tempted to doubt your nearness and care, but You alone are my Keeper, my Savior, my God.  I thank You that ultimately You save me from myself. Lord, I commit this day to You. Give me grace and strength to hear, obey, and please You today.  Help me to trust You. Grant me a heart that loves Your will. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 39

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