Daily Encounter – MARCH 30, 2020

Silence and Centering:  PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 56:3

I don’t like roller-coasters. I don’t like things that scare me. I don’t like scary movies, wild rides, or even the dark for that matter. I would much rather sit quietly on a sunny day and listen to the birds sing. I like a beautiful spring morning. But, life isn’t always that way. Sometimes there are events in our lives that try to force us to ride the emotional roller-coaster. Events like we’re experiencing at this time.

I’m sure that many of us are currently on a roller-coaster. One minute we’re up and the next minute we’re down. If that’s you, don’t be ashamed. This is a time like none of us have ever experienced before. And what makes it worse is that there is still a lot of unknown ahead of us.

But just because we may be on an emotional roller-coaster doesn’t mean that we have to be on a spiritual roller-coaster. Consider this portion of scripture –

Psalm 56:3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. 4 In God (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? 

David wrote these words during a moment when he was in great danger. On the one side was King Saul who was trying to kill him, and on the other side were the Philistines who wanted to do the same. Humanly speaking, David was between a rock and a hard place and there was no one there to help him.

But as he felt himself plunging emotionally, he lifted himself up spiritually. “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”This short statement tells us a lot about who we are as a child of God. First of all, there is an emotional part of us. David experienced fear and so do we. Fear is a natural reaction to danger. It’s a part of our defense mechanism. But, there is also a spiritual side of us. Whereas David experienced emotional fear, he also experienced spiritual confidence. “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.”

The trick is to not let the emotional part of us control the spiritual part of us. Instead, we must make the spiritual part of us control the emotional part of us. How do we do that? Notice that David’s trust was closely linked to the Word of God. “I will praise His word.” To be even more exact, it seems that David’s trust in God’s Word was closely linked to his trust in God’s promises. What kind of promises? How about:

“Nothing is too hard for the Lord.” (Genesis 18:14) 

“Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)

“The Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory” (Deuteronomy 20:4) 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) 

The list could go on and on…

Rather than letting his emotions control him, David controlled his life by faith. The Bible says – “the just shall live by faith.” (Hebrews 10:38) Not by fear. But by faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) We must not only believe that there is a God up there somewhere; we must believe that He is right here with us.

If you are on an emotional roller-coaster today, I understand. To be honest, if you look around, you’ll probably see me there with you sometimes (screaming at the top of my lungs!) But, we must not let ourselves stay on an emotional roller-coaster. We must not let the emotional part of us take control of the spiritual part of us. We must cause the spiritual part of us to take control of the emotional part of us. How do we do that? We do it the way David did it. We keep our focus on God and His promise to always be with us and to help us. “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)   – Devo By Terry Covey 

2 MINUTES OF SILENT REFLECTION. 

The Our Father (slowly pray this)

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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