Psalm 27:1-8 (NIV)

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold a of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh— my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall. 3 Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. 4 One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple. 5 For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. 6 Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

Romans 8:31 (NIV)

31 What, then, shall we say in response to this?1 If God is for us,2 who can be against us?3                            

DEVOTION – Linaati Santoso (East Java, Indonesia)

I work as a tutor.  At the time of her promotion to the next grade, one of my youngest students said to me, “The next class would’ve been hard, but because you’re here with me I don’t need to worry.”

Her simple words reminded me of my journey with God.  Sometimes I feel fear in the midst of life’s severe problems.  I worry and often cannot sleep.  The fear makes me forget that an almighty God is always besides me.  In fact, God is never far away from any of us.

I wonder:  Am I as eager to trust in God as fully as my young student trust in me?  If I can trust God that much, every time I face a problem I can say,  “If God is for [me[, who can be against [me]?”  And instead of saying, “God, I have a big problem,” I can say, “Hey, problem, I have a big God!”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:Because God is near, I need not fear.

PRAYER:  Almighty God, help us not to worry and to trust that you are always near and will leave us.  As Jesus taught us, we pray, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but delver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV).  Amen.