Word4Today Daily Bible Devotional

by Bob and Debby Gass

‘Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT

In order to succeed in life, you need good coping skills. Students have exams. Performers have rehearsals. Athletes have hours of practice. The preacher needs to lead their church members with well-prepared Biblical sermons. Then there is the parent with tiny children facing fourteen hours a day of making decisions, competing with strong wills, and trying to be everything to everybody. How do you develop the coping skills required to live the abundant life Jesus promised? (See John 10:10.) Paul tells us, ‘Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances …’ Rejoice in the things that never change, can’t fail, and won’t let you down (like God’s promises!).

And when you feel like you can’t cope, pray. Better yet, live with a prayerful heart! With every breath, say, ‘I trust You, Lord; I turn it over to You, for I know You have everything under control.’ And don’t forget to give thanks. Remember the saying: ‘I grumbled because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.’ Instead of complaining, start counting your blessings. Do you remember what life was like before you met Jesus? Weren’t there days when you thought you wouldn’t make it? Now, look where you are! On the other side of the Red Sea, looking back, the Israelites declared that the Lord was their strength, their song, and their salvation (see Exodus 15:2). And isn’t that what He has been to you, too? Come on, praise God!

SoulFood: Deut 1-2 Mark 1:21-34 Ps 78:17-31 Pro 16:26-30

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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