Prayer for the day
Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
Scripture for the day
Some days you just want to give up. Some days it feels like it’d just be easier to throw in the towel than to stand up and stay up. And it’s rare, on those days, to be “bucked up” by self-help books or psychobabble. In those days, reading little books or watching movies don’t really help. There are few things that do help. There are few things that can offer comfort in the face of such hopelessness.
Yet both the Psalmist and the Apostle Paul speak regularly of the ability to stand up beyond what we think we’re able.
The Psalmist offers succour to the people of Israel, speaking of the comfort they receive even in the midst of difficulty. The relief, the comfort they connect with, is the comfort and trust they take in God. He says that they are made strong, made like rocks and fortresses, when they trust in their God. When they give themselves to God and surrender to his will and his ways, they are made firm, and are able to stand against both temptation and danger.
Paul echoes his (several thousand year) forbears by speaking of their difficulty and how the Corinthians are supposed to look to the experiences of the Israelites. The Christians in Corinth were supposed to look at how difficult the Israelites had it, how some of them stood firm in their faith and were honoured by God and how others were unfaithful and were destroyed. They were supposed to see those examples, and they were supposed to stand firm in the person of Jesus Christ. Paul says that this is the only way to stand firm.
What are you facing? Does it feel too difficult to stand? Have you thought about casting your cares on and placing your trust in Jesus?