Today’s devotional is from Jesus Today by Sarah Young. After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her. She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God. Like her bestselling book, Jesus Calling, the devotions in Jesus Today are written from Jesus’ point of view, and it is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.
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I am watching over you continually. No matter what you are experiencing or how alone you feel, trust that I am with you – well aware of your circumstances.
When you are in the throes of adversity, it is easy to feel abandoned. So it is crucial at such times to tell yourself the truth: Nothing can separate you from My loving Presence.
When this truth has sunk deeply into your mind and heart, you are ready to commune with Me. You will find Me tenderly present with you as I enter into your suffering. The intimacy you share with Me is enhanced by adversity when you invite Me into your experience without bitterness or resentment.
To enjoy these intimate moments with Me, you must trust Me – refusing to rely on your own understanding. Trusting Me involves consciously leaning on Me for support, just as leaning on a massive rock helps you keep standing when you are weary. I am indeed the Rock of your refuge.
Rejoice in the One who supports you so strongly and loves you so tenderly.
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:38-39
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. — Proverbs 3:5
The Lord has been my defense, and my God the rock of my refuge. — Psalm 94:22
Excerpted with permission from Jesus Today by Sarah Young, copyright Thomas Nelson, 2012.
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Are you in the middle of a struggle? Do you feel abandoned by God? Pause for a moment and be reminded of the promises in Scripture that nothing can separate us from the love of God! Re-read the Bible verses above and be encouraged that Jesus is your Rock of refuge! Come join the conversation on our blog! We’d love to hear from you about trusting Jesus through painful circumstances. ~ Devotionals Daily