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Sunday Devotional: Trust in the Lord

We thought 2020 was an annus horribilis, and that the new year certainly would be better.

But our hope was upended a mere six days into the new year when a peaceful, pro-Trump Save America rally, attended by tens of thousands of patriotic Americans, went horribly wrong. A “mob” of a still-unnumbered protesters, among whom were Antifa elements, breached police barriers and invaded the Capitol building wherein Congress was meeting in a joint session to certify or object to the Electoral College’s votes for the 2020 presidential election.

In the course of the 4-hour siege of Capitol Hill, “many” protestors and police officers were injured. Five people lost their lives:

  • Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, 42, who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during the siege. Sicknick was a U.S. military veteran who had served in the Middle East. Accoring to the New York Post, Sicknick was a supporter of President Donald Trump.

  • Ashli Babbitt, 35, a 14-year U.S. Air Force veteran, who was shot in the neck while she was climbing through a barricaded door behind the House chamber, by a plain-clothes police officer. Babbitt’s family is trying to get answers from police, but a family member told the San Diego Union-Tribune, “No one has contacted us. No official person has gotten back to us despite the many phone calls.”
  • Three other protestors died after suffering “medical emergencies” — from a heart attack, a stroke, and being trampled to death.

Has God abandoned us?

But then we humans neither know the future nor see the larger picture. Even Jesus the Christ, the Second Person in the Triune Godhead, does not know “the day or the hour” of the end of all things. Only the Father knows. (Mark 13-32)

And so, what are we to do?

We do the best we can: We stay true to our beliefs and values, not give in to our baser impulses, exercise prudence and wisdom of judgment, and keep our wits at all times, remembering Our Lord’s counsel to be “shrewd as serpents” and “innocent as a dove,” for we are “sheep among wolves” (Matthew 10:16).

We pray.

We keep the faith, for “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

Here are some Bible verses to help us keep the faith:

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4-13)

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)

Fight the good fight of the faith. (1 Timothy 6:12)

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)

And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:22-24)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. (Hebrews 11:1-5)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)

For nothing will be impossible with God. (Luke 1:37)

And may the peace and love of Jesus Christ, Our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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Sunday Devotional: On Faith

Matthew 14:24-32

[T]he boat was already a considerable distance from land,
buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.
“It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
But Jesus immediately said to them:
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied,
“tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat,
walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and,
beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.
“You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
Then those who were in the boat worshiped him,
saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

The dictionary defines “faith” as:

  • Great trust or confidence in something or someone
  • Strong belief in God

Our lives sometimes are buffeted by problems and challenges that, try as we might, are beyond our ability to repair or resolve.

So, in our helplessness and desperation, we turn to God, for who else is there?

Below are some Bible verses I found on faith. I hope they can be your anchor in troubled times.

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” -Hebrews 11:1

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seeks Him.” -Hebrews 11:6

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” -2 Corinthians 5:7

“And Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible for one who believes.’” -Mark 9:23

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” -Matthew 21:22

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” -Ephesians 2:8-9

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” James 1:5-8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:5-6

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” -Luke 1:37

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead…. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone…. For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” -James 2:14-17, 24, 26

And if you ever doubt your faith in God, consider this:

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” -James 2:19

 

Just remember that:

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20

Keep the faith, and may the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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