June 11

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness in unsearchable. Psalm 145:3

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18

Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive. Matthew 21:22

God is always there for each one of us. We are most fortunate recipients of his love and compassion. He, with all of his greatness and wisdom, still looks on each one of us with all-encompassing love, and listens to every prayer. 

Because we worry and fear, we sometimes fall away from listening for God’s still small voice. Then we try to settle our concerns without his guidance. Corrie ten Boom, the noted author and concentration camp survivor, said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength.” Depending on our own resources without turning to God, leaves any one of us with less energy to solve the problem, or with fewer resources to gain inner peace when that which is difficult cannot be changed.  

Do we always get the answer we would like to have? No. Your illness may not be cured; that promotion may not materialize; the scholarship may go to someone else; a loved one could still burden your heart with sorrow; someone close to you will die. God is there to strengthen our faith, to lift us up, and to assure us that he is near. Even in our sorrow, disappointment, and maybe even anger, God can help us to be receptive to his presence in our lives. We look to his assurance of always being there for us; and we know that he cares, has a plan for each one of us, and knows far better than we can imagine what our future will be.

Dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

It is such a comfort, Lord, to know that you hear our every prayer. Help us to turn back to you when we give in to worry and fear. Fill us with faith that gives us assurance that you are always near. help us to receive all that you would give us. Amen.

Florence Smallfield