and a lie
SPRINGFIELD, MO. — “Where
are you going?” my 5-year-old daughter asked.
“I’m going to do a
wedding,” I replied, rushing out the door to attend the rehearsal.
Lauren didn’t understand
that I was officiating the wedding; she thought I was in the wedding. With
desperation in her voice, she announced, “My dad is going to marry another
After some consoling and an explanation
from her mother, Lauren gave a sigh of relief. And when I returned later that
night she gave me a hug, saying, “I’m glad you’re home;
I’m glad you’re my daddy.”
Just as a child needs the security
of a parent’s embrace, we need to feel the assurance of God’s
everlasting arms. We need to know He is with us in good times and bad —
that He won’t desert us or shield His eyes from us when trouble comes
What are you going through today
— do you feel abandoned? Rest assured, God is by your side; He is on
your side. And that will never change.
The enemy wants you to believe
you are facing difficulties alone. He wants you to believe God is distracted
when you need Him most — when physical problems, financial hardship
and fractured relationships threaten your happiness. But it’s all a
lie of the enemy intended to render you ineffective, discouraged and defeated.
God says, “I will never leave
you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5). That is a promise you can count on.
Take a moment right now and thank Him for His presence and His ongoing provision
and protection. And, while you’re at it, whisper a prayer for your children
and grandchildren — thanking God for keeping a watchful eye over them
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