Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Theme: MANAGING CHRONIC ILLNESSES

Text: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”  – Psalm 23:4

Comment: We should realize that, although God allows trials, He is still ready to help us to overcome such trials. He will do much more for us than our earthly fathers.  He finds no joy in seeing His children in pain. (Isaiah 63:7-9) He is sympathetic and concerned and wants us to turn to Him for help. Apostle Peter exhorts us that we must depend entirely on God for the strength to endure, hence he says, we should cast all our cares upon him because he cares for us. – 1 Peter 5:7. 

When we are afflicted or seem to be at death’s door, God wants us to exercise faith in Him and to draw comfort from His word. He has promised that He will help us when we do. (Isaiah 45:22) St. Paul wrote that it is God who comforts those who are cast down (2 Corinthians 7:6), but we must ask Him for that help. Apostle Paul was faced with troubles that were,  beyond human endurance but for the grace of God on him, and so he declared: “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us…” – 2 Corinthians 1:8-10. 

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