Friday, May 7, 2010

Evening Devotion 5/7/10

Jesus Carrying the Cross, Sebastiano del Piombo, 1516

“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”
Psalm 119:28

There are times in life when it is just easier for us to give up…

With struggles all around us, with difficulties and challenges that seem to mount up with strength, rising as they push against us and cause us so much stress, so much hardship, we can’t help but just wonder to ourselves, what’s the point anymore? So many of our hopes and our dreams, so many of our deepest of desires are given up that way as we find that nothing seems to work the way we had hoped or nothing seems to go the way that we plan.

And then there are times when the world just seems to be conspiring against us, indifferent to who we are or what we are doing or what we long for, what we yearn for out of life. It comes with a bitter captivity and firm bondage that pays no attention to anything but breaking us. It does so with no consideration to the good or the bad, the innocent or the guilty, the weak or the strong. It comes with such weight and pressure that it just seems to be too much for us as it cracks at our hearts and makes weary our souls.

It is here that we need, more than anything else, to grab a hold of the promises made unto us by the Lord our God, to look, with steadfast devotion to the promises that He has made to us, the promises He has made unto us and to trust, beyond all else that He shall remain faithful and vigilant to us even against the force and the weight of this world.

Life is nothing if there is no hope amidst it, and all hope, it flows from the blessings and the assurances that come from the word of our Lord amidst the love that He has for us.

We may not always understand what His plan is, we may not always understand why what happens does happen to us, and it may frustrate us beyond measure or compare. Yet we don’t always need to know, we don’t always have to know, nor do we always have to understand. All that is important, all that is essential to us is that we know that we have the love of our Heavenly Father, and that through His word we find strength amidst our lives as He gives us courage amidst the guarantee that He will never fail us or forsake us through all of the days of our lives.

Though your soul may then grow weary, though it may seem as if all the world has mounted up against you, trust in the Lord your God, and turn to His blessed Gospel, to those words of blessed hope that He made manifest in His Son, our Savior, Christ Jesus and know that you shall find the strength to live and to be, to hold steadfast to Your hopes and Your dreams as You are delivered from all that this world my try to foist upon you in the abiding love of Our Heavenly Father. Signs and wonders shall be shown to you and light and love shall guide your way, for, by God’s blessed miracle you shall know that He is moving in your life, for your life.

Lord, grant this unto us all.

Let us pray:

Proclaim Your power O Lord, declare Your authority O God, that Your majesty shall be seen amidst the heavens and the earth, the skies and the grounds and all that is in between.

Make manifest Your Love O Lord, fulfill Your Promises O God, that Your hope shall be known amidst the lives of the people as their humblest supplications are raised to You.

Open up Your heart O Lord, bend Your ears to our cries O God, that You may hear the yearnings of Your children as they seek and implore Your grace amidst their lives.

Set all sorrow to flight, let not our spirits grow weary from challenges and difficulties, let not our souls find hopelessness and despair flows so easily to them, let not our hearts crack from the pressures of this temporal existence, but, in faithfulness to Your Word, stand steadfast amidst the lives of Your creation, showing unto them hope and love that they shall find the blessings of Your truth shall be made manifest in their souls.

Set all bondage and captivity to flight, let not tyranny and oppress hold power or sway, let not slavery and injustice find refuge amidst this life, let not poverty and destitution rob the people of their peace. Move amidst this world, showing forth the deep and abiding miracles of Your transcending, encompassing promises that all good shall be known as Your righteousness as Your people prosper amidst Your blessings.

Set us apart O Lord that Your freedom shall be the abiding course of our lives and our souls shall testify of Your liberty amidst the deeper blessings of Your transcending, and encompassing hope given forth unto us for our lives in Your miracles.

In the name of Your Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with You in the Kingdom, one God, world without end, Amen.

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