Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mid-Day Devotion 5/26/10

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
Psalm 55:22

Faith in the most dire of circumstances is hard for a person to sustain. As the challenges rise and darkness surrounds the spirit and the soul, as the heart grows heavy and weak it’s hard to maintain a fundamental trust in the Lord. The basic nature of the human character is to look at these challenges and see a void where God should be. Our hope then becomes more of a question that a statement for our lives.

Yet, even amongst the deeper worries that we find overtaking our lives, God never fails or forsakes His children, nor does He abandon them to hopelessness or to despair. Even when it is hardest to see the love and the mercy, the compassion and the grace of the Lord He is there to tell us there is no captivity he will leave us to, as bondage seeks to overtake us in the worst forms of slavery that we could imagine He shall ransom us. Come what may, come what must the sword of His protection and the shield of His strength shall be the force by which our lives shall be guarded.

It is then that we rightly and truly understand the lessons of Christ which tell unto us that whatever burdens we have, whatever struggles we shall face if we cast them to him they shall be lifted from us as we are given optimism in the expectations of the deepest blessings of our Heavenly Father. To cast our cares to the Lord in the knowledge that He will sustain us is to trust Him and His power more than to trust ourselves, knowing that He is wiser than we ever could hope to be. Though we then may not understand how it could be that our difficulties may arise or how God could let this happen when He has promised to love and care for us, we can truly understand that though trials and turmoil happen despite Him He is there to make way our path and to carry us when we have found ourselves cast to a pit, lifting us from it and offering us the healing we so need.

Our God, loving and faithful, vigilant and merciful, always undertakes the task of our greatest care, no matter how small or large the tribulation may seem or how engulfing the darkness may seem. By this light and this compassion we know that we are the beloved of our Heavenly Father as He makes us righteous and thus uplifts us on eagles wings, never letting us fall as we are given the blessed assurances of His promises.

Then, though there may still be worry in our lives, though challenges may still arise, we shall know the truth of God’s word, of His blessings and it shall set us free amidst the power of the Spirit as darkness is turned to light and we are raised up by the hand of God sustaining us through all the days of our lives.

Let us pray:

Abide in us O Lord, let Your mercy and Your love encompass the lives of Your children...

Unto You O Lord do we come looking steadfast and earnestly to the promises You have made amidst the deeper blessings of Your Word, that guiding light from where all hope does dwell. It is in Your assurances that we place our trust as we humbly beseech You, seeking and imploring Your grace in the lives of Your people.

Make manifest Your compassion O Lord, reveal unto us the care that shall sustain Your people...

Gird Your children with strength, protect them in life, that by Your hand they shall be uplifted and set to flight from all troubles and cares that seek so to overtake them. Let not darkness encompass them, let not struggles mark their days, let not hopelessness be the hurt that defines their soul. Raise up Your glory that Your creation shall be sanctified in Your love.

Bless the negotiation in the Sudan O Lord, let them proceed with the guidance of Your direction...

Unto You do we commend the safety of our brothers and our sister held there. Let Your hand be with Laura Archer, Raphael Meonier and Mauro D'Ascanio that they may be sustained even amidst this adversity that has so overtaken them. Let Your love be upon them and Your strength be with them that the chains that keep them in such bondage shall be broken and they shall have the healing that comes from Your hand. Let Your Spirit be upon them that freedom shall come to them, and hope shall never leave them.

Then shall we know that the trust we have placed in You shall never be in vain as You show forth the deepest manifestations of Your transcending and guiding love as it intercedes in the lives of those who are in the greatest need.

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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