January 8, 2021

God Will Lift Us Up

God is both our place of safety and the One who makes us whole. At some point, we will need to trust that this same God will lift us up.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 62:6
All of us go through times in our lives when we're weak. There's usually a good reason for our weakness. In the country I live in, reasons include grief, sickness, job loss, etc. Whenever these things happen to us—when we find ourselves in a pit we can't get out of—God stays by our side for as long as we need God's presence.

But the fact that God embraces our weakness does not mean that God does not provide strength, or that God wants us to stay at the bottom of the pit. God is both our place of safety and the One who makes us whole. At some point, we will need to trust that this same God will lift us up. We need not wallow helpless on the ground nor wander lost in the wilderness.

Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
 Hebrews 12:12-13
After thinking about today's devotion, pray these hymn lyrics:
O Love, that wilt not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
that in thine ocean depths its flow
may richer, fuller be.

O Cross, that liftest up my head,
I dare not ask to fly from thee;
I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
and from the ground there blossoms red
life that shall endless be.
 George Matheson
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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