October 29 Devotional

 

All my life growing up, I was one of the smallest, if not the smallest person in my class.  Even the girls were bigger than me.  I remember being the “joke” of my neighborhood for a whole summer when one of the neighbor girls punched me right in the nose.  Of course, when your nose gets hit it makes your eyes water … I was not crying … (I don’t think you believe me any more than my friends did when it happened).  Back to the point … as a result of being one of the smallest people in my class, I always made it a point to be friends with one of the toughest guys in the class.  This was my early form of life insurance.  However, every now and then, my “body-guard” was not available and I had to face trouble all on my own.

 

I am so glad to be a Christian.  There are many reasons I am glad I’m saved – obviously on the great blessings is eternal life and Heaven.  There is another major blessing to being saved that I want to focus on today.  “But let all those that put their trust in Thee rejoice: Let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: Let them also that love Thy name be joyful in Thee” (Psalm 5:11).  Do you have troubles that are far too big for you?  Trust your strong Friend!  Do you have challenges that you cannot see you way through?  Trust your strong Friend!  Are you constantly bombarded with fears that sometimes get the best of you?  Trust your strong Friend!

 

The old hymn says, “What a Friend we have in Jesus … all our sins and grief’s to bear … what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!”  I agree!  What an incredible friend to have!  When I was younger and any kind of threat came my way, I would simply slide over closer to my “strong friend” and make sure the threat could clearly see his muscles.  I will admit that there were just times it was right to run!  Maybe this is why I developed such speed early in life … it’s called survival.  I am so thankful that knowing God has allowed me to stand firm, and not to run from problems.  I realize that my God is able to handle any challenger that might come my way.

 

The real challenge for me is to stay close to my God.  I want to walk so closely with Him that we can whisper secrets back and forth and know that the other hears them clearly.  I want to maintain the closest relationship with God so that when the difficulties come (and they are sure to come every day), I know where to find Him, and He knows where to find me.  I want to encourage you to make your friendship with God a top priority.  Nothing is more important than this in the world today.  Trust your strong Friend.