Christ's Glory, Not Mine

by science fiction author Andrea J. Graham

Trouble? God’s Purpose Cannot be Defeated.

“The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)

Verse eight follows verse seven, where the psalmist says to god, “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out  your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me.”

We all have times when trouble surrounds us on every side, where the heat is on, angry voices mock and scorn us. Sometimes the enemy works through people, sometimes it’s a voice inside our heads. Either way, it is all the same destroyer and liar seeking to devour us.

God promises to be there with us and deliver us out of it–by bringing us through it safely to the other side often. He promises he has a purpose for our life and no device of the enemy can thwart it. His love endures even when we make wrong choices and choose to listen to the wrong voices. He redeems us and gets us back on track, should we put our trust in him as the psalmist did.

Lord, we are the work of your hands and the people of your pasture. We ask you not to forsake us,  knowing your love is steady, secure, and constant, for it never ends. We lift our hearts and lives up to you today, and our minds also. Cleanse us, heal us, shape us according to your purpose. We trust in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.