July 26, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 43

It is interesting how often we as believers will allow circumstances to dictate things like our joy, or our trust or even our faith and belief in God. It is something that plagues us as people living in a broken sinful world.

The psalmist is crying out to God for deliverance from ungodly people who are unjust and deceitful. There are people and circumstances in all of our lives that are less than ideal or hard and even sorrowful. How often in those times do you have the same initial reaction as the psalmist? He questions God; he makes a judgment that God has rejected him. His focus is completely on himself and his situation. Our God is above our circumstances and never has nor will He abandon us. To accuse God of this is to bring him to the same level as man.

Are you more focused on yourself and your circumstance or are you focused on the Father?

Following the initial accusation of abandonment, the psalmist comes back to the view that God is not against Him. Anger towards God will get us nowhere, He is for us and wants the best for us, we just need to turn to Him. Instead of focusing on a hard situation or people who are against him, he recognized and turn to God who will bring him out to His holy hill. The conclusion of this is wondering why we would ever question God or get so caught up in a fleeting circumstance rather than holding fast to an unwavering Father.

Is your focus today on your circumstances or on the Father?

If you are in tough times in your life, God is there for you and has not abandoned you. Will you take the time to be embraced and guided by Him?

By: Dakota Gragg

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

3 thoughts on “July 26, 2016”

  1. The psalmist’s confidence in the Lord is evident. This psalm is like a mini Job! His faith was active enough that he could bring his emotions before God, knowing that God would be glad to walk with him through barriers of anger and desperation in order that he might once again find peace. Sometimes I think our ability to feel and express a variety of emotions to God is a litmus test of whether or not our faith is really still alive.

  2. Good word today Dakota! When we take our eyes off God our circumstances appear much bigger than they really are. One of the hymns that made a strong impression on me growing up in church was Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. It puts things back in proper perspective.

    Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
    Look full, in his wonderful face
    And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of his glory & grace.

  3. Thank you for your word today, Dakota! It seems that we effortlessly get caught up with our situations or circumstances here on Earth. They overwhelm us before we even realize it. Your word today is just a reminder for me, and so many others, that if we would just turn to God that he is always there to guide us through any circumstance that we may be facing. Thank you and have a great day!

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