Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Help For Life’s Problems

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

15th April 2012

All of us experience problems as we go through life, and some of those difficulties can lead us to question God:

  • Are you there?
  • Do you know what I’m going through?
  • Do you care?
  • Are you able to do anything about it?

So many questions can shoot into our minds when problems hit. Here are five Scriptures that have helped me when problems, trials worries and doubts have descended:

1. The Lord has a good plan for our future

‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’. (Jeremiah 29:11–13)

Here are God’s plans for us:

  • Plans to prosper
  • Plans to keep us safe
  • Plans that give us hope
  • Plans that give us a future
  • What should we do?
  • We should call on Him and pray
  • We should seek Him with all of our heart

2. The Lord desires to be our fortress

‘Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1–2 & you could read the remainder of the Psalm)

Here God invites us:

  • To come to Him for shelter
  • To rest in His shadow
  • To flee to Him for refuge
  • To find our fortress in Him

What should we do?

  • We are to dwell in Him
  • We are to rest in Him
  • We are to testify of Him
  • We are to trust in Him

3. The Lord comes through for those who wait on him

‘I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD’. (Psalm 27:13–14)

Here we are to:

  • Root our confidence in God's goodness
  • Trust God to keep us alive
  • Wait for the Lord to act
  • Be strong and refuse to act independently of Him

4. The Lord will enable us to come out on top

“See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD’. (Isaiah 54:16–17)

Here we see that:

  • The Lord is creator
  • The Lord is sovereign over all creation
  • The Lord controls what we can't
  • The Lord knows the enemies plans against us
  • The Lord will refute the enemies accusations against us
  • The Lord will be our vindicator

5. The Lord will direct our path if we will trust him

‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones’. (Proverbs 3:5–8)

Here we are told:

  • To wholeheartedly trust God not ourselves
  • Don't try to figure everything out on our own
  • To live in submission to God's plans not our own
  • To listen and obey His directions in order to succeed
  • Don't overestimate our own wisdom
  • Reverence God and refuse evil

The result being:

  • This will bring us health and nourishment

Have a good week finding comfort, reassurance and encouragement as you read the scriptures and respond in faith to the Lord's invitation to you through His Word.

Pastor Barry

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