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Take Me Back Day 28

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Scripture: Psalm 139:7-12 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there;  if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn,  if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Devotional: This could possibly be one of the most encouraging passages of Scripture for those who are suffering or walking through unimaginable pain.  For it reminds us that there is nowhere we can go that God is not there. 

Even when we try to run from Him, we cannot escape Him or His great love.  When we are angry, or withdrawn, or numb, or we simply want to crawl in a hole and die, God is still present.  God is always present in your pain. 

God is also patient in your pain.  Healing takes time.  Even though you may be able to say, “It is well with my soul” in the midst of your agony, there is still a very long road of healing ahead. 

Know that God will be with you every step of the way.

Reflect:

  • What is the greatest darkness that you’ve ever experienced?
  • What hope does it bring to know that even in that darkness you were not hidden from God?

Take Me Back Day 27

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Scripture: Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff,  they comfort me.

Devotional:  In this life, we are not guaranteed freedom from hardship or brokenness.  In fact, Jesus himself reminds us, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.”(John 16:33)

Yet there are many promises throughout God’s Word that convey to us His care and presence as we walk through those hardships. Even as you go through the valley that may reflect death, discomfort, and uncertainty, God stands right beside you.  He guides you, protects you, and keeps you in peace, much like a shepherd guides and protect his sheep.

You can find much comfort in the knowledge that His rod and staff are there to help guide you back to Him when you stray, and to stay on the path of righteousness. He’s there to direct you, to nudge you forward, or to slow you down when needed.  He also there to protect you from the evil one and his agents as you follow God and walk in His ways.  You may suffer physically and emotionally, but God will keep your soul in perfect peace as you allow Him to lead your way.

Reflect:

  • In what ways have you seen God guide and protect you?
  • How have you experienced His comfort?

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