August 5 - When Calamity Strikes

By Sylvia Stewart

Today's Scripture: Psalm 27:7-14

Central Thought: God is in control-even of our calamities.

    Someone has said, 'The leader is the person with all the arrows in his back.” No matter where you lead-work, family, church-calamity may strike. Plans and dreams fall apart; pain, whether emotional or physical, threatens to drown us. David found himself in such a position: '. . . evil men advance against me to devour my flesh . . . attack me . . . besiege me,” he said (Ps. 27:2–3).

    David took deliberate steps when he found himself in calamitous times, and we can do the same:

1) He cried out to God.
    a) 'Hear my voice” (Ps. 27:7): God is always near to hear us.
    b) 'Do not hide your face from me, reject me” (Ps. 27:9): God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us.
    c) 'Teach me your ways” (Ps. 27:11): Troubled times are school rooms.

2) He admonished himself.
    a) 'Seek his face” (Ps. 27:8): Answers for our problems are found kneeling before God.
    b) 'I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps. 27:13): Trouble doesn't last forever—there's a rainbow after the storm.
    c) 'Wait for the Lord, be strong, and take heart” (Ps. 27:14): Waiting with courage for God to move is difficult. Sometimes God's answers take time. Wait patiently to see His answer.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, help me to patiently wait as You move on my behalf.

Today's Bible Reading: Ezra 1:1-2:70; 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5; Psalm 27:7-14; Proverbs 20:22-23