Today's Devotion (Friday)

He Never Fails

2 SAMUEL 22:11-23

Key Verse:

"They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay" (2 Samuel 22:19).

David Livingstone, the foremost missionary to Africa, confidently proclaimed, "I go through the hazards of Africa and Jesus is by my side... without Christ, not one step; with Him, anywhere!" Ruth Bryan, the virtuous Puritan author wrote "My precious Jesus is my rest and refreshing, in all my weariness. As I lean on Him, I triumph!" In our text, David spoke of how God delivered him from all his enemies and upheld him in times of trouble. David triumphed because he was obedient to God’s statutes and made the Lord his Companion in time of trouble. Records abound of many saints of old who greatly enjoyed and testified to the steadfastness of Christ’s companionship, especially when all human help proved worthless. It is futile to try to seek true companionship in money, position, power, occultism, materialism or alcoholism. A wealthy business tycoon once let out his frustration thus: "I have everything money can buy except peace of mind". A celebrity regretted that: "I had my ways of hiding my pain – laughing when there was nothing to laugh at; smiling when there was not anything to smile about. That was just my way of getting through life. Pretending like everything was okay. I guess I did it so well that I really began to believe it. I fooled myself. Using my escapisms was my thing not to feel my pain – whatever would numb the pain... just because you have money doesn’t mean you can’t feel worthless, just because people consider you beautiful doesn’t mean that you feel that way..." Anyone – father, mother, siblings, spouse, children, neighbours, friends and some church members – can disappoint when one needs them most due to inherent limitations in terms of ability, knowledge, understanding and resources. But Jesus will never fail you; He does not have such limitations.

Thought for the day: When all you have is God, then you have all you need.

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