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Monday, November 3, 2014

Does God Care?

We have official entered into a new month and a new week, so to KICK START! This new month and new week with a question we should ask ourselves Does God Care? Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper! —Psalm 30:10 Minnie and George Lacy were faced with some questions: “Is Jesus enough? Is our relationship with Christ sufficient to sustain us? Will He be enough to help us want to go on living? Does He care?” While serving as missionaries in 1904, the Lacys’ youngest daughter fell ill. Then in rapid succession, all five of their children died from scarlet fever, none living to see the new year. In letters to the mission board George Lacy wrote about their deep loneliness and grief: “Sometimes it seems more than we can bear.” But then he added, “The Lord is with us and is wonderfully helping us.” In this, their darkest time, they found that Jesus was near and He was enough. Many of us will face moments when we will wonder if we can go on. If our health fails, if our job disappears, if we lose those closest to us, will we find our relationship with the Lord real enough to keep us pressing forward? The psalmist reminds us of God’s presence and faithfulness (Ps. 30). When he was deeply depressed, he cried out, “Hear, O Lord, and have mercy on me; Lord, be my helper!” (v.10). God gave Him healing and comfort (vv.2-3). As believers in Jesus, we will never lack what we need to persevere. The Lord will always be near. —Randy Kilgore Though tempted and sadly discouraged, My soul to this refuge will flee And rest in the blessed assurance, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” —Anon. Faith in an all-sufficient Christ enables us to press on. Bible in a year: Jeremiah 30-31; Philemon Insight “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Ps. 30:5). David was no stranger to sadness and grief. In these two poignant lines of Scripture we see how anguish can disturb sleep and seem to last throughout the night. But there is always the assurance that each new day brings the hope of God’s providential deliverance and help. This realization can bring joy even to those who grieve.

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