Monday, April 27, 2009

Psalm 9:9-10

Good morning!

Psalm 9:9-10: The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

My Pastor preached a great sermon yesterday about tragedy and crises in your life. We've been praying for miracles lately in our church and he said he still believes God is bringing miracles, they are coming! But what happens when what we've been praying for just doesn't happen? Things just don't always turn out the way you thought they would. You've prayed and prayed and believed and believed and still, it doesn't happen. Instead tragedy comes and you are blindsided with grief. It is so easy to let those times pull you away from God. You can become bitter and angry for your prayer not being answered the way you think it should have been. Some people hold all their emotions inside of them. Some people don't accept help from others. These were all good points from Pastor and I started to think how each one of them had been me in the past. I've done all these things and never handled tragedy very well.

But the most important thing to remember through it all he said, was that Jesus is STILL King! Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Seeking after Him is the only way we can make it through the crisis. He is our refuge and stronghold in times of trouble. Don't let your trust in Him falter. Don't get bitter. Don't give up. Keep seeking after Him. Grieve your loss. Lean on others and let them help and support you. Press in to Him instead of pull away. Even though you don't understand why things happen the way they do, He does understand. Jesus is still King and if you let Him, He'll strengthen you and enable you to do all things!

Pastor also mentioned tragedy to someone might not be a tragedy to someone else. We all face different struggles and just because yours may not seem as huge as someone elses doesn't mean God doesn't see your pain too. Bring it to Him and let Him care for you and protect you. Trust that He knows all and knows what is best for you. He will bring you to the other side; this tragedy won't be yours forever.

I pray no one has to face a tragedy or crisis this week, but if you do, hold onto this Scripture and message. He will never leave you there. Trust in Him...Seek Him. He is still King!

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