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April 2015

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Growing through Discouragement
'Lord, where do I put my hope?' Psalm 39:7 NLT




No one’s life is a bed–of–roses/free–coffee–vouchers/whatever–your–idea–of–perfect–is. So, when we pretend that we’re ok when we’re not, we help to form a mirage of an ideal life. It doesn’t do anything but, well, if we’re honest, inflate our pride a bit. But, despite what our pride–nature wants us to think, we actually can’t get through life and all its discouragements on our own. Proverbs 28:26 NCV says: ‘Those who trust in themselves are foolish.’ We need God, and we need each other. Psalm 48:14 NIV declares: ‘For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end.’ This whole Psalm has a lot to teach us about how to deal with discouraging times. The psalmist looks back on how God has already protected the Israelites, and they’re to use that to fuel their faith to believe He will bring them through whatever else will come their way. Wherever we are, God has brought us this far, and He’ll guide us forward if we depend on Him. If you’re dealing with something, talking about it with someone you trust is really important. Yes, God is your number one, always, but He made you to live in community with others. We are meant to support each other— Paul tells us to ‘carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfil the law of Christ.’ (Galatians 6:2 NIV) Pick a coffee shop (or other delicious hangout place). Make a date for the week ahead to talk with someone you can discuss tough stuff with.



SoulFood: Josh 2:1-24; Acts 9:20-30

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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