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Psalm 40:1-5

 I waited patiently for God to help me; then he listened and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path, and steadied me as I walked along.

He has given me a new song to sing, of praises to our God. Now many will hear of the glorious things he did for me, and stand in awe before the Lord, and put their trust in him.

 Many blessings are given to those who trust the Lord and have no confidence in those who are proud or who trust in idols.

 O Lord my God, many and many a time you have done great miracles for us, and we are ever in your thoughts. Who else can do such glorious things? No one else can be compared with you. There isn’t time to tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Lord God, many are the cries for help that are rising to you this day.  Cries from Italy.  Cries from Louisiana.  Cries from hospitals.  Cries from the lonely in their homes.  Lord, have mercy.  Hear our prayers for Jesus’ sake and come to our aid that we might in turn tell of the wondrous ways that you have delivered us.  We give you praise for saving us from the deep pit of sin through your Son Jesus Christ who gave His life for us.  You have set our feet firm on the Rock of our salvation through faith.  Steady us as we go through this day.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

August 26 Conduit Can-Do-Its

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Job 23:1-27;  2 Corinthians 1:1-11;  Psalm 40:11-17;  Proverbs 22:2-4

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” 

2 Corinthians 1:3-5

The Apostle Paul, who wrote these words to the believers in Corinth, knew about trouble and suffering.  His teaching and preaching often ended with him being chased out of town, by being stoned and left for dead, or by being beaten and imprisoned.  In all the trials this man of God faced, Paul received God’s comfort and strength.  He wanted all people to know his God and Savior, so he endured hardships so he could point them to the one who rescued him time and time again.

Paul’s life was a conduit of God’s comfort–it flowed from God through him to others.

We are God’s conduit can-do-its!  Through our times of suffering He pours His compassion into us–so when we encounter others who are struggling, hurting, suffering our connection to Christ flows through us.  We share His words of comfort and acts of compassion.  As He has come alongside us–we walk alongside others.  Through Christ we Can Do It.

Lord Jesus, through your suffering and death on the Cross, you brought us healing and restoration.  What was broken by sin was made whole.  The love of the Father flowed through you to the whole world.  Thank you for your love and compassion!  May you use us as conduits of your love to reach out to those who need healing in mind, body or soul.  For Jesus’ sake, Amen.

“Yet I am poor and needy;  may the Lord think of me.

You are my help and my deliverer.

O my God, do not delay.”  Psalm 40:17