Daily Bible Reading: Psalm 62:6-8;139:2-4; Proverbs 18:10; Luke 12:6,7
The Bible says we can run into “the name of the Lord” and be safe (Proverbs 18:10). You can take comfort in knowing there is a place of refuge in His great name! Psalm 62:6-8 (NIV) says, “He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” He is your rock, your refuge, and your fortress!
A number of years ago in one of our women’s meeting in Kiev, a woman came forward for prayer. She said she was having female problems and that she was scheduled to have an operation the following week. I didn’t know at the time we prayed that this woman had been bleeding for an entire year. But after prayer, the bleeding stopped! She went for her pre-op exam, and the doctor exclaimed, “I can’t find anything wrong with you. You don’t need this operation!”
How great is our God! How wonderful it is to know we can pray in Jesus’ majestic name and receive answers! What a wonderful privilege we have as believers to minister to others and to lay hands on the sick and see them recover in that name (see Mark 16:18).
Yet at times we all experience problems in life that seem to linger, even after we’ve prayed. Week after week and month after month, we see no change in the circumstances that surround us. During those times, we must realize that God hasn’t changed. He is as powerful, strong, and majestic as He has always been. And the name of Jesus still carries the same mighty weight and authority as it did in the mouths of the early disciples who ministered to individuals and to the multitudes.
So what are we to do when the enemy hurls accusations of failure and menacing thoughts of worry and fear our way? We can sometimes feel so weary and discouraged that it’s as if we’re plodding through sludge and constantly tearing off cobwebs from our minds because of the confusion that bombards us. Progress seems slow, and promises seem far from being fulfilled.
During times like these, it is very important to thank God, anyway, and to maintain that mindset of utter trust and gratitude toward Him. Remember all the great things He has already done for you. Choose to rise above the feelings of confusion and declare, “I will trust in the mighty name of Jesus as my refuge! I will trust the Lord at all times” (Psalm 62:8)!
Please let us know how we can pray for you. I trust that today’s devotional and Bible readings will encourage you to keep trusting and to stand strong in Him. Think about it. No one else but God knows your deepest thoughts or the number of hairs on your head. God knows your thoughts before you think them! And He knows what you’re going to say before you say it! He is the only One qualified to hold this title of your rock, your refuge, and your fortress, because He can be completely trusted with your life.
In His great love,