April 5 – Devotion

Date: April 5

Scripture: Psalm 88

O Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out day and night before you.(Ps. 88:1, ESV)

C. H. Spurgeon, the great London preacher and evangelist, named Psalm 88 “the darkest of all the Psalms” (“An Exposition of Psalm 88” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, vol. 41). Its 18 verses do not contain a glimpse of the sunny uplands or the mountaintop experience. The writer, Heman, bares the depth of the despair of his soul on a journey through the valley.

From 1 and 2 Chronicles we learn that Heman was a grandson of Samuel, the last judge of Israel. He was blessed with 14 sons and 3 daughters. He appears to have been very talented musically and was renowned for his wisdom. But none of that shielded him from experiencing depression, which had tortured him from his youth.

For me, one of the things that makes the Bible such a wonderful book is that it speaks to the entirety of the human condition. In good times, bad times, and even “blah” times, we can find verses that resonate with our thoughts and our feelings.

And what was Heman experiencing when God inspired him to write this psalm? His soul was full of troubles, he felt himself close to the abode of the dead, he had no strength, he felt cut off from God, he felt overwhelmed, his companions shunned him, he felt he had no way out, he felt helpless, and even his beloved had shunned him. Whew! That is quite a list of troubles.

So what can we do when we are in despair? We can make the same choice as Heman: keep praying. He cried out day and night and brought his prayers to God in the morning. Are troubles at work making you fearful for your job? Pray. Is your health failing? Pray. Are there troubles in your family? Pray. It does not have to be an eloquent prayer. A heartfelt cry will do.

As we prepare for Easter, remember that Jesus himself felt abandoned: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). But because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross we no longer have to be separated from the love of God. The Lord is the God of our salvation if we choose Him.

Prayer for the Journey:
Lord, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the troubles of my life. Lead me to keep praying, no matter what, and to trust in You.

Prepared by: Tommy Leavelle



April 4 – Devotion

Date: April 4

The Glory of Mount Zion

Scripture: Psalm 87

Glorious things of you are spoken,O city of God. Psalm 87:3, ESV

“Zion” is synonymous with the city of God, a place that God loves. “Zion” is Jerusalem— the city of God. “Zion” may also be synonymous with God’s presence or God’s people and, in the Christian era, is sometimes referred to as His church. The site of Mount Zion–the holy mountain–has been moved to three different places the Jerusalemites have considered most appropriate as the focal point of biblical Jerusalem in their own time. The Western Hill is what today is called Mount Zion.

David’s song assumes the Lord built the city and He loved it over other cities in Israel. The psalm also speaks of the city’s good reputation as wonderful things were being told about it, so other countries could come to the knowledge of God. Even the people who lived in surrounding nations would recognize and honor those who were born in Zion. The glory of Mt. Zion, of course, is the presence of the Lord.

We do the same thing today. When asked where we were born, we sometimes boastfully answer with the city or state in which we were born and name our parents. Having a good reputation and a great heritage is a compliment to an individual or city or church and privileges we recognize with gratitude at Clinton and First Baptist Clinton. May our outreach, acceptance of others, and influence in our community continue to be blessed in our work and play so that others may see His good work through us and know from where we come.

As Christians, we also boast of our great heritage. When asked, the majority of us can recite the date, time, and place when we accepted Christ as our Savior. To contemplate why a Holy God would save a sinner like me and accept me into His fellowship is truly an encounter with God’s mercy. Humans were created and placed in the Garden of Eden for the purpose of having fellowship with Him. The Covenant was broken; yet, He continues to love us by sending his Son to die on a rugged cross to restore that relationship. His Spirit now lives in us, and He uses ordinary people like you and me to do extraordinary things for Him. As we go about our lives each day, may our good reputation be “He/She is from Zion–one of His,” because of His great love for us.

This psalm is also a reminder that God’s love is extended to everyone who will accept His love. God continued to bless and strengthen the city and made a listing that included all of His children. Today, our names are included in a lot of listings–telephone, cell phone, E-mail, IRS, FBI, and the list goes on and on. It is marvelous to know that when we accepted Christ as our Savior, our names were written in the most wonderful book of all, never to be removed again. There shall be great rejoicing and praising God for this glorious work of love. May our song and dance continue to be:

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

(Edwin Excell, “I Stand Amazed in the Presence,” Chicago: 1905).

Prayer for the Journey: May we rest in the knowledge of His great love and saving grace. Amen.

Prepared by:
Smith Sparks



April 3 – Devotion

Date: April 3, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 86

For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.(Ps. 86:5, ESV)

Have you ever been so troubled, so heartbroken, so scared of losing everything, and yet you hadn’t a clue what to do about it? As a typical man, I confess that if there is a problem, I want to fix it. Give me any problem, and I can come up with a solution. It might not be the best solution, and it might not fix the problem—but I can come up with something.

In Psalm 86 David once again comes face-to-face with his enemies. Maybe he wondered how many times he would have to run for his life, leave town, or hide from someone who wanted to harm him. David was a wise man and great leader, and I’m sure he could have come up with a plan on his own on how to handle each situation. But David was a wiser man than I. He knew exactly whom to turn to for help. He had a history, a real relationship with a God who had proven Himself to be there for him every time. David poured out his heart to God with deep emotion and urgency mingled with praises and expressed confidence in his God because of the close relationship he had, because of the history he had, because of the many times God had already delivered him.

In Psalm 86:1-7, David cries out in great need for God to hear and act on his behalf. Then in 86:8-10, David exalts God as the only true God, the Lord of Nations. In 86:11-13, David asks God to teach him His way and unite his heart to fear God’s name, so that he will glorify His name forever. Finally, in verses 14-17, David again appeals to God’s mercy and grace to deliver him.

David shows us that it is ok not to have all the answers. We can’t fix all of our problems no matter how much we try. So we must admit that we need help. Cry out to him with the same confidence that David did and praise God for being the only one who could possibly come up with a solution for the messes we keep getting ourselves in. Trials and tribulations are going to come our way because we live in a fallen world. But God already knows that. You see, God loves us so much and wants so to have that real relationship with us like He did with David, that He sent a solution for all our problems. Through the death of Christ on the cross and the miraculous resurrection, our greatest enemy, death, has been defeated.

One reason that God brings trials into our lives is so that we will call upon Him and then glorify Him when He rescues us. Psalm 50:15 (ESV) says, “Call upon me in the day of trouble;/I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” So in all of our troubles, we should be looking for ways to magnify the Lord, so that others will be drawn to Him. In the midst of life-threatening situations, such as David was in, we can still affirm, “For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,/abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you” (Ps. 86:5, ESV).

Our great needs should drive us to pray to our great God, who alone can deliver us. President Lincoln came to know Christ more personally through the burdens that he faced during the Civil War. He later said, “I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go” (as attributed by Noah Brooks, writing in the Harper’s Weekly for July 1865).

Prayer for the Journey: Hear our prayer, O Lord; Hear our prayer, O Lord; Incline thine ear to us; And grant us thy peace. Amen.

Prepared by: Chris Young



April 2 – Devotion

Date: April 2, 2017

Scripture: Daniel 10:1—12:4
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. (Dan.12:2-3)

The book of Daniel records many of the prophet’s activities and visions. Though it pictures his struggles and those of his people in historical and spiritual terms that seem so different from our own, its message is a great source of encouragement for believers now, even as it was a message of hope for the Israelites in their own situation. In broad terms, chapter 10 describes Daniel’s interactions with the one sent to deliver the vision. Though the experience was overwhelming, Daniel was treated lovingly and given strength to receive the vision. Chapter 11 pictures the coming history of the pagan rulers of various kingdoms who would come against the people of God and against one another. The times described are tumultuous, full of violence, and distressing, to say the least. Yet chapter 12:1-4 predicts the final glorious outcome for those who have loyally clung to God during the cataclysms and temptations of history.

Throughout his lifetime of service, Daniel cared for his people and made petitions to God, with a strong desire to understand God’s dealing with his people. He prayed for his own sins and the sins of the people and their sorrows. In this situation, after three weeks of fasting and prayer, a godly messenger is sent to him. The angel reveals the opposition of the enemies of God’s glory to the accomplishment of His purposes of favour and encouragement to His people. Daniel received the honor of hearing from God, and he was praised for the virtues that had brought him favor with God. Daniel had placed himself in a condition to communicate with God with his characteristic perseverance, faith, and humility.

In Chapter 11, the angel shows Daniel the coming succession of the pagan empires that would overthrow and persecute God’s people. The power behind all the evil doings is God’s enemy. However, God’s word will come true and nothing will fail. While the unholy of the earth struggle, compete, and deceive each other, those who know him personally will trust Him and stand firm to bear their struggles. He will empower his believers to stand their ground, bear their crosses, and endure the conflicts.

As believers we do well to heed the warning of these Scriptures that our faith will be put to test. The struggles and tests can be severe. Yet we can escape from the destruction of the unfaithful, the idolater, the superstitious and cruel persecutor, and we can make the forewarnings of God our standard of truth and of duty, the foundation of our hope, and the light of our paths through this dark world. We will be called his children and inherit eternal glory in heaven. In our own strength, none of this is possible. But in Christ’s strength, we can and will face what we must, because our redemption in Christ is secure.

Jesus Christ bore the curse and sacrificed his life for us, his children. He advocates for all of us at the throne of grace. The Lord Jesus will stand at the judgment day upon the earth, and he will redeem his people. The Lord promises eternal glory for all the saints. He promises eternal glory for those who turn many to righteousness. Life on this earth is a spiritual combat, and our hope is in the savior who equips us to succeed.

Prayer: Lord, help me to understand your word and to envision and accomplish your purpose in my life.

Prepared by: Samuel Dasary



April 1 – Devotion

Date: April 1

Scripture: Daniel 7—9

While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved.” Daniel 9:21-23, ESV

As a child, my sleep was constantly interrupted by dreams and visions that often unsettled me and caused me great consternation. In these dreams, there were often images of wild beasts and frightening creatures that seemed to come to wage war with my spirit and which I saw as a threat to our family and our people.

Such dreams and interruptions ceased as I began my teenage years and I accepted the call of God to salvation and service. Often, I pondered the meaning and purpose of these hallucinatory interruptions and what they were attempting to reveal to me. Perhaps, I should have understood there was a deeper meaning.

Daniel likewise had such dreams and visions, and they are vividly presented in chapters 7 and 8. Each is presented as a warning with subsequent interpretation. Despite the people’s faithlessness that resulted in the destruction and calamities that would befall the nation, the prayer of Daniel and God’s answer would provide God’s mercy, forgiveness, and restoration of His chosen people who were called by His name.

As we pilgrimage through the season of Lent, we are reminded that the grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God is victoriously found on the Day of Resurrection. The Lenten season ends with God’s ultimate sacrifice and unique redemption that restores us, heals us, and eternally seals us into His family. As we surrender ourselves again to the Lordship of Christ, my hope is that at the beginning of our pleas for mercy a word has come forth, “and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved” (Daniel 9:23, ESV).

Prayer for the Journey: Lord, free me from the sins of my life and the failures of my choices as I seek your way and will. Help me as I choose life and obedience to you in the name of the resurrected Lord, the Lord of Easter.

Prepared by: Paul Griffin Jones, II



March 31 – Devotion

Date: March 31

Scripture: Daniel 6

“I make a decree, that in all my royal dominion people are to tremble and fear before the God of Daniel,
for he is the living God,enduring forever;his kingdom shall never be destroyed,and his dominion shall be to the end.He delivers and rescues;he works signs and wonders
in heaven and on earth,
he who has saved Danielfrom the power of the lions.”Daniel 6:26-27, ESV

Daniel’s faith in God was beyond comprehension for the 120 satraps (governors) of the kingdom. These men did not know the power of God, and their jealous plotting influenced King Darius to issue an ordinance that no one could petition any god or man other than the king for 30 days. So what did Daniel do when he learned of this ordinance? He kneeled down three times a day to pray to God. Strong in faith, he got on his knees.

Daniel’s faith remained strong during this time of uncertainty, when most would have turned the other way or just waited until the 30 days were over. “If you faint in the day of adversity,/your strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10). When difficult times arrive, God is there and ready to light our path. We often attempt to conquer the difficulties of life with our own plan of attack, without seeking God’s will.

The setup schemed by the satraps worked as they had planned, as Daniel was unwilling to follow the ordinance. He was turned over to King Darius, who reluctantly followed his own irrevocable law and had Daniel thrown into the lions’ den. However, when the king returned in the morning, he found Daniel untouched. God had sealed the mouths of the ferocious animals to save his faithful follower.

Interestingly, our other reading for the day fits in theme with our Daniel passage. Psalms 83 reveals a prayer to God to overcome and conquer the enemy. In his own time and situation, Daniel chose to pray to God to help him overcome the threat of the enemy.

In today’s time, we face a world that often does not put God first. When your beliefs are challenged, do you stand firm in your faith, or do you stay quiet and stand clear of the enemy? Through faithful following of God, we can be examples of God’s love and show that his plan will rise above all others.

The power of prayer is underestimated in our world today. As followers of Christ, we should pray constantly in all situations to incorporate God in our daily actions and decisions. We should pray for God’s will to be carried out and seek his response. God’s response to our prayers will come in different forms and on his own time. We must continue to earnestly seek his direction for our lives.

Think about past situations that you chose to not involve God. How did those situations work out? Look for opportunities today to pray for God’s guidance. Don’t let the fear of the world keep you from acting in difficult times. Grow your relationship with God through prayer and reading his word. Are there any lions in your den? Be encouraged by this faith story today.

Prayer for the Journey: Lord, I pray for your leadership and direction in the decisions I make. I want your direction in my daily life in all situations.

Prepared by: Devin Cooper



March 30 – Devotion

Date: March 30

Scripture: Daniel 5:1-31

Humble Heart Toward God

The Book of Daniel concerns a period of exile for the Israelites. God had allowed Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, to surround Jerusalem and take some of the temple treasures and prisoners back to Babylon. Today’s story picks up in Daniel 5 with one of Nebuchadnezzar’s successors, Belshazzar, as ruler. Belshazzar holds a great feast for his guests and decides to use the sacred vessels taken from God’s temple as wine goblets. God’s response was immediate and delivered in dramatic fashion. Fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the wall. The color drained from Belshazzar’s face, and his body went limp.

Through Daniel’s interpretation, Belshazzar is told that he did not humble his heart to God even though he knew what had happened to Nebuchadnezzar. Because Belshazzar did not honor God, he was killed that night, and his kingdom given to Darius.

It is easy to think, “Well, that story is not relevant to me.” But Belshazzar was going about his everyday life as a king. What is relevant to us today? It is our daily lives and whether we live our lives in reverence to God. Recently, I attended a work-related training in San Antonio. On the last night, while I was setting a 6:30 AM alarm on my phone, I thought to myself that I was glad I had my cell phone alarm to wake me up. I had to wake up an hour earlier than before because I needed to pack and the workshop was starting earlier than usual on the last day. I didn’t hear an audible voice, but in my thoughts the words, “The alarm clock doesn’t wake you up; God wakes you up” came to me. I realized that I had put more importance on my alarm clock than on God.

In my everyday life, I wasn’t giving reverence to God. I repented and thanked God for his mercy, grace, and care for me. By the way, I didn’t hear my alarm the next morning because my cell phone ringer was on silent. God woke me up at exactly 6:30 AM. All I could do at that moment was to thank God for waking me up and for waking me up on time. Are we humble in our everyday lives? Do we go about our days without God, without seeking his advice? God controls the time and the season. My desire is to become more humble in my everyday life. Being humble is trusting God’s plan for your life. Trusting him doesn’t mean you are going to have a perfect life, but you will have a life lived according to God’s plan. 1 Peter 5:6 reads “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (ESV).

Prayer: Lord, it is my desire to honor you everyday and to be more humble in your presence as I go about my everyday life.

Prepared by: Naomi F. Campbell



March 29 – Devotion

Date: March 29

Scripture: “O Israel, if you would but listen to me!” Psalm 81:8b ESV

The setting of Psalm 81 is probably in celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, that harvest festival in commemoration of the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites. As you read the psalm you can hear echoes of Israel’s story: the exodus and wilderness wanderings (vv. 6-7), and the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai (v. 10). Also notice that this is a very auditory psalm in which the psalmist uses a lot of sound images: “sing aloud,” “shout,” “sound,” “called,” “raise a song,” “blow a trumpet,” “hear” (2 times), and “listen” (3 times). This theme of listening is crucial.

Ancient Israel was an oral culture. They were trained to listen well and remember well because they did not have notepads and iPads to aid their memory like we do. There is a biblical principle: we become like what we worship. The Israelites often worshiped idols of silver and gold, wood and stone, which had ears but could not hear; sadly, the Israelites became like their idols—deaf to the voice of God.

According to the Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, “Hearing symbolizes the proper response to God in the Bible” (Ryken, Wilhoit, & Longman, InterVarsity Press: Illinois). Three times we hear God’s poignant cry:
“O Israel, if you would but listen to me.” (v. 8)
“But my people did not listen to my voice.” (v. 11)
“O, that my people would listen to me.” (v. 13)
God loves us, pursues us, but will not coerce us into relationship with Him. This is illustrated by verse 12, “So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts,/to follow their own counsels.” This idea is restated in the New Testament in Romans 1:24,26,28. Are we any different from the Israelites? Do we have idols?

In his book, Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller defines an idol as “anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give” (UK: Penguin Publishing Group, 2011). In his list of idols he includes the usual suspects of money, sex, and power, but he also lists some unexpected idols: moral living, ministry success, spiritual gifts, and doctrinal accuracy. Even good things can become idols when we try to make them the ultimate thing. No created thing can replace our Creator. So where does this leave us? Right where we started—at the foot of the cross, dependent as always on the grace of God and the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.

He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Prayer for the Journey: Father, I pray that you will open our ears so that we may hear your voice clearly in the midst of the noise in our daily lives.

Prepared by: Gary Bolton



March 28 – Devotion

Date: March 28

Scripture: Daniel 3

If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. (Dan. 3:17-18, ESV)

According to Daniel 1, this was God’s plan for His chosen people: to be exiled and taken captive in a pagan country by the pompous, arrogant, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.

God knew that His children, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would be faced with the order from this king to fall down and worship him and his idol or be sentenced to death by a fiery furnace. God knew that their refusal would be brought to the king’s attention.

God knew that the young men would not consider worshiping this king or his golden image even after a second chance to escape the fire if only they would recant their decision. God knew that they would be led to and thrown in that same furnace, now seven times hotter.

And yet, our champions of the faith responded boldly and without hesitation, “If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up (Dan. 3:17-18, ESV).

After the three were tossed into the furnace, a fourth was seen among them by Nebuchadnezzar and surely all who were present that day. The pagan king identified this fourth being as some kind of special spiritual being sent by the Israelites’ God. Christians have often associated the identity of this fourth being more directly with their Covenant God, walking with them through the fire and saving them from it at the same time.

The verses that follow reveal that the king was quite impressed with the captives’ trust in their God, and he issued another decree forbidding anyone to slander the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego:
Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way” (Dan. 3:28-29).

The Most High God did not fail them, and He will not fail us. He is worthy of our trust. As we continue to make our way to the cross this Lenten season, to our own Jerusalems, let us remember our Covenant God, who requires our obedience and provides all we need for each step of the journey, fires and all.

Prayer for Today: Covenant God, please create in us a longing to have what Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego possessed: loving obedience to and unwavering confidence in You alone. May we boldly proclaim Your lovingkindness and faithfulness as we live out the chapters you have written for us.

Prepared By: Jennifer Smith



March 27 – Devotion

Date:

March 27

Scripture: Daniel 2

He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those who have understanding;he reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,
and the light dwells with him. (Dan. 2:21-22, ESV)

Keep Calm and Seek God’s Wisdom

After 50+ years as a teacher and school administrator, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard the words “That’s not fair!” If there ever was a person who might have reason to cry out those words, it would be the Old Testament prophet Daniel. In our Scripture reading yesterday, we saw Daniel and his friends abducted from their homes, families, and life-style in Judah and carried off to Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar decided that these talented young men could be useful to his empire. But first, he required them to be trained in Babylonian culture. He changed their names and even their diet. Daniel chapter 1 records how God enabled Daniel to overcome this test and to be given a position of leadership.

Having passed his first test, Daniel was faced with what seems to be a ridiculously unfair challenge in chapter 2. The king, after having a troubling dream, demanded that his advisors not only interpret his dream but also tell him the content of it. If they were unable to perform this task, he would have all of them torn apart and destroy their homes. Trying to convince the king that his request was unreasonable, his counselors responded with the words, “No one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh” (Dan. 2:11). With that, the furious king ordered their execution.

Although they apparently had not been consulted, Daniel and his companions were included in the decree. After hearing the explanation of the situation from the captain of the king’s guard, Daniel responded, not with fear or outrage, but with a calm spirit that reflected his trust in God. He asked for time so that he and his friends could pray and seek God’s wisdom. I’m reminded of James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God…” (ESV).

We know what happened next. God revealed the mystery to Daniel in a vision, and Daniel immediately praised the One “to whom belong wisdom and might” (Dan. 2:20, ESV). When the skeptical king asked Daniel, “Are you able to make known to me the dream and its interpretation?” (vs. 26), he replied that no man can show the king his dream, “but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries!” (v. 28). After hearing Daniel’s words, which were directly from God, Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and declared, “Truly your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings” (v. 47, ESV). The king’s “That’s not fair” assignment was turned into an opportunity for Daniel to glorify his God.

Recently, our godly 22-year-old Mexican friend, Marcy, also had an unfair experience. Her home was burglarized, her clothes were stolen, and her dog was poisoned. This came only four months after her mom had been killed in a tragic car accident. Although devastated by these losses, the day after the break-in, she posted on Facebook,“Count it all joy, my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness” (Jas. 1:2-3, ESV). Marcy is turning an “it isn’t fair” situation into a testimony of God’s faithfulness in her life, knowing that the “God of gods and the Lord of kings” is righteous in all of His ways.
 
Prayer for the Journey:  All-knowing Father, I thank You that Your infinite wisdom is available to us when we’re faced with perplexing problems. It is a comfort to know that the inevitable tests need not be faced alone.
 
Prepared by:
Alan O’Dell