Today’s Scripture: Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and shield. For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee. PsalmĀ 33:20-22

I have no idea what you are facing as you open this email. You may have just lost your job, been given the news of a debilitating illness, or be suffering day in and day out with a terrible family situation. What I do know is that I have spent enough time with the Lord in prayer to tell you that there is hope in the middle of the storm.

There are times when the Lord brings us to a place that only He can lift us from. I have been on my knees praying and have had things that were deeper than I could understand, higher than I could look over, and wider than I could look around. There was one situation in particular that I thought would destroy my church. I was in agony over it and could not find rest, but, when I sought the Lord, I had a peace given to me that could not be taken away. A month later, that mountain was removed, and I give God all the glory for it. I know without Him I would not have made it through that trial.

When I go through times like these, I find rest in the Psalms. Reading through them is like receiving a note from God telling me that everything is going to be okay. With God in control, that is true because He knows the end from beginning. If you are facing a struggle right now that you feel is beyond you, which if we are honest every struggle is beyond us, start going through the Psalms.

You may have a burden that is heavy on your heart. Believer, have you taken it to the Lord? As you go throughout your day, I am sure you are going to be tempted to keep picking up that burden and trying to carry it all by yourself. Whether it is through wracking your brain trying to think of your own solutions or through constant crippling worry, all your human attempts will be futile. The only thing that will truly help is to continue setting it at the Savior’s feet. Know that there is never a time when He will not be able to hear you, help you, and uphold you. Turn to Him today. Spending some time on your knees will help you feel lighter than anything else. When you don’t know what to do, your God knows just what to do. Realign your perspective to the truth that there is nothing too deep, too high, or too wide for the One who created Heaven and Earth.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder