FOR THURSDAY *TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 107:1-7, 33-37
“They were hungry and thirsty. They began to lose hope. In their distress they cried out to the Lord. He rescued them from their troubles.” (Psalm 107:5-6; GOD’S WORD Translation)
When the people of God were “hungry and thirsty … they began to lose hope” and they “cried out to the Lord”. Losing hope happens when our souls are depleted. When my problems and all my frustrations begin to get the best of me, I am often tempted to throw up my hands in defeat. Sometimes I want to cast the blame for my troubles on others. While the actions of what others do (whether their actions were intentional or not) may hurt me, these troubles only cause me hope-losing distress when I have been neglecting my soul.
I know of folks who get really irritable and impatient when they are hungry for food, as when supper is late. Likewise, when I’ve been neglectful of my spiritual life, when I’ve failed to nurture my spiritual heart with prayer and scripture, I can get just as irritable and impatient. I’ve discovered if I continue to call out to God on a regular basis, this doesn’t meant that troubles will never come again. Yet, when they do rise up I can have the assurance to cry out to God who will help me in my distress.
PRAYER: How good it is, Caring God, to know that when my troubles mount up I can always come to You and find hope for tomorrow. Amen.
*The Scripture Reading for each day is selected from the Revised Common Daily Lectionary used in A Disciple’s Journal – 2014 by Steven W. Manskar]