05/21/2018 Dose

FOR MONDAY  TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING: Exodus 3:1-12

Then the LORD said, “I have observed the misery of my people . . . I have heard their cry . . .  Indeed, I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them.” (Exodus 3:7-8; New Revised Standard Version)

forced smileThe old spiritual “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen” resonates with so many of us as we go through life. When the struggles of life seem to get the best of us, we tend to hide behind our forced smiles and offer a hollow “Oh, just fine” when others ask how we are doing. The pain from isolating ourselves from others is compounded as we sometimes feel abandoned even by God.

However, the truth of the matter is found in the small phrase added to the chorus of this old spiritual – “nobody knows . . . but Jesus.” Even when we feel all alone in our sorrow, the assurance from God’s Word is that God hears our cries and knows our suffering. Better yet, God has come to bring deliverance into our lives. In such times, we can still proclaim: “Glory, Hallelujah!”

PRAYER: Loving Lord, too often we allow my fleeting feelings to obscure the truth of your abiding presence and care. As we receive the blessed gift of your assurance and care, lead us to lift our hearts and sing “Glory, Hallelujah” all day long.  Amen.

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