Devotion for Monday, April 23, 2018

“Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again? Has His lovingkindness ceased forever? Has His promise come to an end forever?” (Psalm 77:7-8)

There are seasons when the people rebel more and the Lord steps back to allow them the recompense of their rebellion. Know that the Lord is kind and gracious, but that He also is perfect and will urge those who come to Him through faith to be perfect as He is perfect. His promise is forever and the temporary circumstances of this world will not last. Turn to the Lord who is forever.

Lord, bad seasons come and I wonder where You are, as if I should receive only goodness. The world is filled with wicked people who do wickedness. My eyes only have to look out to see. Help me live into the life You have promised knowing that these things will come and that eternity is with You and not here. Your goodness is forever, but the evil of this world is only temporary.

Help me, Lord Jesus, for through Your life and death, You showed just how wicked the world can be and yet You persevered. Help me to come into Your everlasting presence and see more clearly Your hand of salvation upon all who believe. Guide me by the Holy Spirit to live simply in the truth which has always been true and reject the false which has always been false and produces wickedness. Amen.