Daily Devotion Tuesday, July 23

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – Psalm 10; 1 Samuel 25:1-22; Acts 14:1-18 and Mark 4:21-34

Psalm 10 – Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

I believe the above is a question many of us have asked. “Why, O Lord”, in the midst of my struggles, “do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself?” What I’ve discovered is that it is not that God has moved, that God is in hiding, it is that I have let my troubles cloud my view of God. I can’t sense God’s presence or guidance because I’m so focused upon my troubles.

I can easily obsess about things. I once consulted with my spiritual director about this and he shared; “if you’ll catch yourself just as you begin to obsess, change what you are thinking about and move on you’ll break the pattern. He shared that what has been learned is that one has to break the pattern early on or you’ll end up letting your obsession control you. So, what I strive to do, is turn to God and pray for others so that my focus goes upon them instead of me.

Later in the Psalm we hear;

14 But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,
that you may take it into your hands;
the helpless commit themselves to you;
you have been the helper of the orphan.

Fun event just occurred as I wind up this devotion. I’ve had clouds before me all morning, lightning and thunder in them. Figured we’d get some more rain. But the clouds moved to the south opening up the sky before me. As dawn breaks, the almost full moon sits above the western horizon. Maybe this is how it is with God. Our troubles are like the clouds and we can’t see God, until we let our troubles fade away. Lo and behold, just as the moon appeared, so appears God. The moon had been there all the time, I just couldn’t see it. So it is with God, always there, just don’t always sense God’s presence.

Here is the parable for today;

Mark 4:21-34 – 30He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

A friend once shared that he’d learned that it is not the size or quantity of faith that is important, it is that we have faith. Thus the mustard seed, it is not its size that is important. It is that it is. From this fact, from this seed comes a mighty mustard seed bush. So it is with our faith. We believe and trust and God does great things.

This day, trust and believe in God who was, who is and who will always be.

O God, I give thanks that even when I don’t sense your presence you are here in my midst. It is you who is above all things and in all things. It is you who has been, is and will always be. May I trust in you even or especially in the midst of the storms of life. O Lord I give thanks that you are here and you are with me. Amen.

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