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Daily Devotionals

Day 44 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Psalm 62:2 NLT

‘He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.’

I mentioned previously that after Katey’s diagnosis with MS my world slowly disintegrated. I felt alone and wanted to clutch onto familiar landmarks; people, events, the ordinariness of life as we had experienced it to date. Yet, as this wasting disease encroached on Katey’s body and mind, and invaded our relationship uninvited and full of malevolence towards us, I felt isolated. It was as if the land broke away and left me standing on a solitary island, separated from all I’d planned and imagined.
It was at that point in reaching for God that I discovered how shallow my faith was. I was alone and my faith insubstantial, for it had laid its foundations upon corporate expressions of worship, platform affirmation and ministry opportunity. My purpose as a Christian was more to do with the persona I crafted and projected onto the Christian community and had little to do with depending upon God alone.

The word “alone” stood out, for I was most certainly alone. Who might I talk through my feelings with? Who might be expected to endure my tantrum-fuelled rants in the hope I might calm and rationalise my realities? In so many ways I was in danger of turning my pain into a theatrical performance. 
God invited me to answer the question as to whether he alone was my rock. If all the comforts of life were removed from me, if I was to lose my liberty, health, even my mind, was I ok with declaring that God alone is indeed my rock? The short answer was NO! Katey, a much less explosive personality than me, got there first. I did eventually follow. Yet, if I was to place all my confidence in God alone, then I needed to discover how I might find God afresh in order to lay a fresh foundation.

QUESTION: What else might lay claim to being a “rock” in your life?

PRAYER: Lord, only you are sure ground through all the joys and trials of life.

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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