Devotional for Wednesday September 16th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
Our Bible verse for today: “Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:5 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “God loves you, so don’t lose hope.”
As a parent one of the most difficult things we face is when a child (young or old) has experienced a big disappointment in life, or perhaps even a crushing defeat, and that child is feeling dejected and depressed. At such a time, as the parent, you want to comfort your child and do or say something to make him or her feel better. But often the child simply needs to come to terms with the outcome of their situation, get over it, and move on with life. And the only thing you as a parent can do is to be there for them, assure them of your love for them, and empathically grieve with them. Time will pass, the hurt will ease, and life will go on. In the meantime, you just bring the ministry of your presence to them and let them experience your love in the midst of the pain and disappointment.
That’s probably what the Psalmist was experiencing at the time he wrote Psalm 42. We don’t know for sure what his circumstances were, but we do know he was suffering and struggling, and we do know He looked to the presence of God and to the love of God for comfort and hope. This is what he said:
“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God. I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long people say to me, ‘Where is your God?’ I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts.
Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.”
The Bible tells us to find our hope in God, not in our circumstances. In the middle of the pain and suffering, the heartache and the disappointment, He is there for us. He may not resolve the situation, and the cloud of despair might not lift fully, immediately; but as a loving Father He will comfort us with His presence and He will lovingly walk with us through the time of healing.
Are you looking to God as you go through whatever it is you’re dealing with? Is your hope in Him? He is a good and loving Father. He cares for you, and He cares about how you feel right now.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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