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Choosing to Trust Again

Read Psalm 73:23-26

"Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."


Reflect

In what ways is God the strength of your heart? (Please explain.)

When challenges hit, how do you respond? Instead of staying bitter and living in a survivor mode, are you willing to begin a journey of getting to know God?

My friend Terri realized she had a choice to make. (Remember her story from yesterday's devotion?) She could treat God as a harsh villain, angrily gritting her teeth while stumbling through her day alone, or she could lean on the One who longed to comfort her, help her, and give her peace. It wasn't an overnight fix. The process of learning to lean on the "God of all grace" came excruciatingly slow. As difficult as Terri found yielding to be, with each cry of surrender her aching heart would declare, Okay, Lord Jesus, I accept Your will for me today. I'm weak ... I'm grasping hold of Your strength.

When Terri offered herself to God in this way, He drew near with His strength. Through encouraging calls and lunch with gentle friends who listened without judging, notes in the mail, timely radio programs, or simply time to be alone with Him, God revealed His presence and love.

Although there are times when Terri needs to re-surrender herself to God, she has found that the secret to experiencing His strength comes in trusting Him daily in the struggles that emerge. One day at a time.

No longer was God distant and hard to reach. He hadn't abandoned her or left her in another country while He got on with His ministry. And He did see right where she was. Terri finally began to experience the reality of Psalm 73:28: "But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works."

Pray

Lord Jesus, You are trustworthy and I praise You. Help me to draw close to You during times of trouble. Amen.

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a year ago
I used to believe that CHRIST was my strength. I lost my only child Amber in Aug of 2013. I could not find GOD anywhere. But after a while I started looking for GOD again. Amber left me with my only grandchild Brooklyn. I haven't been allowed to see Brooklyn since Amber passed. One day while praying I felt like GOD had said, It's time to get Brooklyn in my life. Fasted, prayed, devotional, church, put GOD first. I have no family. Amber was raped by her uncle and my family sided with the rapist. All I have is Brooklyn in my life. For over 7 months I went for Grandfather Visitation Rights. Asked GOD over and over and over if this was HIS WILL. Never in those 7 months did I feel that I wasn't doing GOD'S WILL. I lost my case Dec 4th. The judge said Brooklyn's grandmother's love was sufficient for her. She didn't need mine. And I could see Brooklyn in 5 years. Every promise I read became false to me. I had hundreds of people praying for me. I was annoited by my Preacher and Elders. I stood firm in my faith all the way to the judge saying CASE DISMISSED! I can find no GOD of compassion, love, mercy, or justice. My foundation of faith has been damaged beyond repair.
a year ago
I need this today as my house is surrounded w water from all the rain Pls pray my place n many others r spared
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a year ago
I really did need this ?
Thank You So Very Much ?
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a year ago ( updated a year ago )
God bless, Cyndi! and you are very welcome!
a year ago ( updated a year ago )
I learned this concept of one day at a time years ago in AA. It should be so ingrained in my ❤️. Thank you Back to the Bible for all you do as I continue to learn to trust God at all times. To know, really know, that God will never leave me nor forsake me. Pure Love. Pure Mercy and Grace. Found in JESUS ??❤️✝️. For anyone who reads, ALWAYS run to God!! Never away. God knows that we are but dust. He Will call to you in the darkest night. He Will become a personal and compassionate God for you. Don't ever forget where the story is now, in JESUS. Our new Beginning. And our Hope for today and everyday. Thank You my Christ and my King ❤️?
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a year ago
Amen! God bless, Christine, and we are thankful for the opportunity to give you tools for Bible engagement as we walk with you on this journey to know Him more!