Source: The Upper Room
Author: Linda Jo Reed
Authors Website: www.LindaJoReed.com
Books by Linda Jo Reed: www.LindJoReed.com/books
Date of Devotional: July 25, 2016

CALMED BY GOD’S WORD

Read Psalm 46:1-11

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
– Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

After completing a week of intense training sessions, I was anxious to get home. With traffic backed up on the freeway, I had to find an alternative route home.

On the way, I began to think about Bible verses that describe the way God cares for us and discovered that my anxiety had left me. As I drove along the alternative route, I began to see wonderful, new sights such as a sparkling blue river that wound between cliffs and disappeared into the horizon. I pondered how God calls us to be still even in the midst of trouble. I remembered scripture that admonishes us to put aside our jumbled thoughts and to fix our minds on God’s presence and promise’s.

When we make a habit of reading the Bible, memorizing it, and recalling it, the reassuring words of God can replace our worries. They are always close at hand when we need comfort or assurance in our daily lives.

Prayer: dear Lord, sharpen our minds to recall your words so that we can trust you to ease our anxieties. Thank you for your loving care. We pray as Jesus taught us, saying, “Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13). Amen.

Linda Jo Reed (Washington)

Prayer Focus: THOSE TRAVELING FOR WORK