DAY 8: Monday, April 20
When Trouble Comes
“I have told you these things, so that in me you will have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
I can still remember the day in fourth grade. It was a beautiful spring day when I ran off the school bus into my house to find my dad at home. This was odd. Normally he wouldn’t be home this early. He was not wearing his usual suit and tie, he looked troubled sitting in his chair. I cannot remember all the details of this day, other than that this was the day my dad was laid off. The company where he worked for twenty plus years shut down, it was a devastating loss.
It grieves my heart when I think of all people in our world right now who have lost a job or had a sudden loss of income. Maybe you who are one of them. I honestly had not thought of that day in years, but over the past several days I have found myself thinking of that day often, and how life was different after that. I have also been reminded of how God always provided for my family back then. My dad eventually got a new job and my family pulled through those challenging times.
Now I know what was the 1980’s and we weren’t dealing with a pandemic like we are now. However, I know God is reminding me of that day so that I will remember his faithfulness. I still worry that the same thing will happen to my own family right now. When I pause and read the truth that scripture tells, I am reminded of this peace that only He can bring. I remember to not let the difficult troubles of this life consume me. God is our provider, we do not have to fear, and we can take heart.
Father God—I ask that you come near to those who have recently lost a job or who are experiencing a loss of income right now. Lord, we know that you love them. I ask that you provide for all their needs and provide them with your perfect peace. I pray that others will come around them who can love and support them during this crisis. Amen
- Reflect on Jesus’ words “Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
- How often have you been led to believe that your career or financial security will give you peace? What are some of the ways God has been faithful to provide for you in the past? What are some ways God is giving you His peace during this trial?
By Jill Raypole
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