Daily Devotions with Pastor Chuck

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As we raise up to the dawning of a new day may we remember well that,

  • “Thy word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105 – NASB)

And may the counsel from God’s Word, may it be that “lamp” and that “light,” that by it our paths may be made straight.
 
From chapter thirteen of the book of Hebrews we read,
 

  •  “I will never desert you; nor will I ever forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 – NASB)

 
This is a frequently quoted verse, one that has given many a Christian comfort in the midst of troubled times. The author of Hebrews, in chapter 13, is instructing his readers in godly principles. In our particular verse, verse 5, he begins by saying to them,  
 

  • “Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have, for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you; nor will I ever forsake you,'” 

 
He then says in addition to this,
 

  • “so that we confidently say, ‘The LORD is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6 – NASB)

 
From this context we learn that we can “confidently say” that “the Lord is (our) Helper,” that we should “not be afraid.” Dependence on the wrong things can, in the twists of life, serve to be a huge let-down, prove devastating at times. “Money” is often our crutch in life, a material thing that we can tend to put a lot of confidence in, a lot of hope in. But attaching our hope to it will only prove futile when the time comes that “money,” or for that matter, any worldly item, cannot sustain us, cannot rescue us when we are in the midst of difficult circumstances. The author of Hebrews writes that what we can depend on is God. The material things may not be there when you need them, but be assured, our God “will never desert (us), nor will (He) ever forsake (us).” Make note brethren, “never . . . ever!” 
 
Yesterday I was listening to the song, Alone Yet Not Alone, a song wonderfully sung by Joni Eareckson-Tada. It is a song for a movie  of the same title (watch a movie clip and Joni Eareckson Tada sing the song here: Alone, Yet Not Alone by Joni Eareckson Tada). The movie depicts the true story of two sisters who, during the early years of this nation, during the French&Indian War, were taken captive by Indians. It is a record of how their faith in God sustained them in their most difficult of times. The words of this song brought this listener to tears . . . 
 

  • “I’m alone, yet not alone ,God’s the light that will guide me home.
  • With His love and tenderness, leading through the wilderness,
  • And wherever I may roam, I’m alone, yet not alone.

 

  • I will not be bent in fear, He’s the refuge I know is near.
  • In His strength I find my own,By His faithful mercies shown.
  • That so mighty is His shield all His love is now revealed.

 

  • When my steps are lost, and desperate for a guide,
  • I can feel His touch, a soothing presence by my side.

 

  • Alone, yet not alone, not forsaken when on my own.
  • I can lean upon His arm, and be lifted up from harm.
  • If I stumble, or if I’m thrown, I’m alone, yet not alone.

 

  • He has bound me with His love, watchful angels look from above.
  • Every evil can be braved, for I know I will be saved.
  • Never frightened on my own, I’m alone, yet not alone.

 
As I listened I was overwhelmed with emotion and in that emotion God’s Word came to me, and I remembered well what He has said to me, that He “will never desert (me), nor will (He) ever forsake (me).” And the assurance of those words . . . . well brethren, sometimes I am simply overcome by the promises of my God.  
 
I haven’t seen the movie as of yet, but I read that the girls, who were kidnapped by Indians, never lost their faith in God. That through their most difficult ordeal they remained confident that they were “alone, yet not alone,” that the promise of God was sure,
 

  • “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you” 

 
And as sure as it was for them it also is for us!
 
Have a good day brethren . . . and as you move about do so confident in the fact if trials and tribulations come, though death itself may knock on the door, you are never, ever, alone.

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