His presence…

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

God is so amazing! Over the last week since I started writing this devotional, I’ve become increasingly astonished by God’s capabilities. His greatness is a mystery, a radiant mystery. I fall to my knees in defeat and he renews my strength. I hit the ground in despair and he gently reaches down and uplifts my spirit.

I never thought I could believe in something undetectable by my own eyes, but after all I’ve experienced in my life and especially in the last three years since I invited Jesus into my life, how can I not believe God is real? No other explanation exists other than God. He is real. My life is a testament to His sovereignty and power.

“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:12)

Be patient in trouble. Instant gratification doesn’t dwell where God dwells. Prayers are answered in God’s timing and reflect God’s will. But that doesn’t mean we stop praying, that doesn’t mean we lose hope. No. We trust that God has not forgotten us. We wait patiently for our reward. We believe our season is coming. God doesn’t promise an absence of suffering in the process, for we will at times wait in uncomfortable despair. But he does promise that his will is good. He is the way, the truth, and the life. (John 14:6)

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)

By turning away from God and giving into sin, I’m delaying the filling of my cup. When I’m in close communion with God, I can feel Him beginning to fill my cup with blessings of peace and joy. Unfortunately, it seems I never reach the point of overflow. Before this happens, I pour out God’s blessings and replace them with the burning liquor of worry, pain, regret, anger, and loss. So I pray…

I pray to you Lord for my continued sobriety and clarity. I pray that your rays of Light reach through in times of darkness. And that my weakness can be a door to your presence. I pray for all of those people in the world living in darkness. I pray that your light reaches them and they too can experience the great joy of knowing and loving you. In Jesus name, Amen.

photo credit: Martin LaBar (going on hiatus) Sun through redwoods, landscape1 via photopin (license)

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