"I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations." Psalm 89:1
Do you mind if I just testify this morning? Yesterday I had the privilege of keeping my little two year old granddaughter. She loves for "nana" to play with her and she loves to go outside. While we were playing outside, "nana" made a discovery-- I am not as young as I used to be! We were playing with a ball on a couple of ramps and I lost my balance and fell off-- boy did I fall! I landed on my back, to be more exact- on my "behind'. The pain was "excruciating" immediately. I could not get up. All I could do was lay there for a while. I started praying and asked my grandbaby to pray and ask Jesus to help me. Finally after a while of fighting through the pain which made me nauseous, and the urge to pass out, I was able to make it into the house and lay down for a while. Honestly, I felt like I either broke or fractured something- my coccyx or hip. But even at that I kept praying the scriptures over myself- "no weapon formed against me shall prosper, and He keeps all my bones so that nothing is broken".
Late yesterday evening I finally wound up in the ER. In the event that I had broken something I didn't want to make it worse, aggravate it, or cause it not to heal properly because of my "lack of knowledge" of the situation. After multiple x-rays, I am happy and thankful to report to you that there were no breaks or fractures! So this morning I am thanking the Lord for His faithfulness, His goodness and His promises.
Yesterday morning I was reading out of the Psalms, and when I finished I felt this overwhelming sense of gratitude for God's promises- the fact that He is faithful as promised, not a man that He should lie and even though heaven and earth should pass away His word will not and there won't be even one of His great promises that fail. Before the day was over, I was "tested" in that very thing- His faithfulness to His promises. Often when you teach on a subject, have a revelation of God's word, or He speaks a particular thing to your heart, you get tried in it. That "trying" or 'testing" will either pull you down or build you up in your faith- how you respond to it determines which.
I am still in pain. It is hard to sit here this morning. I almost didn't send out the devotional because of the sitting, but then decided-- Jesus didn't let the pain He was suffering stop Him from going to the cross and fulfilling God's plan for His life. So this morning, I am not going to let this situation hinder me either. I just had to testify to His goodness! And He is good even when bad things happen. I hope my testimony has encouraged you this morning.
Have a great day. When bad things happen, it will test our faith and reveal the faithfulness of God even in trying situations.
For further reading:
1 Samuel 15:29