DAILY DEVOTIONAL by Katie Messer: “Through The Valley of Achor” Week Two COMPLETE
Theme of Week Two: God Will Restore My Hope
Week Two, Day One:
Often times, when we are plagued with a heavy heart and no solution is in sight, our gaze and thoughts grow downcast. The phrase “chin up” captures this beautifully. If our focus is solely on the disappointments and chaos of a given trauma, we will miss out on the rescue that comes from above. Psalm 121:1-2 reminds us to lift our eyes up to the mountains—far above our current circumstances—and recall that our help indeed comes from the Lord, the Maker of both heaven and earth. What a sincere assurance for the believer that the Creator of all things, the LORD, is our help in times of trauma.
Prayer for today:
Dear Jesus, forgive me for allowing worry to prevent me from fully coming to You sooner. I ask for Your forgiveness of this today. Please help (name)_______ to look above the current trauma to find help in You. Thank You, Jesus, that You are willing and ready to minister to (name)_____ even now in the midst of the chaos. Thank You, Jesus. In Your name, amen.
Week Two, Day Two:
“Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26 (NASB)
There is a sincere wonder that comes as we stop and look up into the night’s sky. The sheer complexity of rotating constellations and myriad of stars, makes one realize how vast creation is beyond our spinning planet. Yet, although vast, God Himself calls each star by its name and takes care of it. With this knowledge, rest in the assurance that as another day goes by with saddled sorrow, through God’s immense power and strength, you can experience true refreshment in the midst of this present darkness.
Prayer for today:
Dear Jesus, thank You for the night’s sky. Thank You for a constant reminder that You are in control and attentive to all of Your creation. Thank You that You call (name)________ by name, just as the stars. Please allow Your presence to be felt by (name)________ today in a fresh way. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Week Two, Day Three:
“Oh, Lord GOD! You Yourself made the heavens and earth by Your great power and with Your outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for You!” Jeremiah 32:17 (HCSB)
No circumstance or real life issue is too hard for the LORD to bring rescue and divine solution to. Cancer is not too difficult for the LORD. HIV is not too difficult for the LORD. Separated families are not too difficult for the LORD. Rebellious and destructive attitudes are not too hard for the LORD. Feelings of apathy, vengeance and lust are not too hard for the LORD. At times we hold the deepest pains silently in our souls, with fear that the LORD will not choose to come through on that one. Reject this lie from the pit of hell and stand on the promise of Jeremiah 32:17. In His perfect way, God will indeed bring a solution to each and every heart in need.
Prayer for today:
Dear Jesus, thank You that nothing is too difficult for You to handle. Thank You that (name)_________’s situation is not too hard for You to restore. Please provide (name)_______ with the needed strength to get through today as the battle for truth wages on. You are trustworthy Jesus. Help me to model this as I lean on You anew today. In Your name I pray, amen.
Week Two, Day Four:
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (HCSB)
When we put our hope and trust in the LORD, Jesus Christ, we gain a strong anchor amidst the storms of life. As the winds and waves rage, and our life seems dwarfed by the turbulent waves all around, we can claim Romans 8:28. When there are no words to express our pain, claim the truth of God’s Word. When a positive outcome to heartache cannot be found, hold fast to Scripture. When it seems that there is no way to find restoration, recall that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
Prayer for today:
Dear Jesus, You are perfect in all Your ways. You know things from beginning to end. Help (name)_______ in this time of turbulence. As the waves of turmoil continue to cause panic, LORD, I plead that (name)________ will find refuge in You. Allow the truth of Romans 8:28 to lodge deep within (name)_________ heart in this time and forever more. Thank You for working all things for the good in the lives of each one who loves You. In Your mighty name, Jesus, amen.
Week Two, Day Five:
“You Yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your records? Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.” Psalm 56:8-9 (HCSB)
Praise God that the living God, Jesus Christ, knows all things. He not only saw our rebellion and defiance, but also our deep sorrows. The Bible reminds us that He keeps diligent track of each detail of our lives. And praise be to His name, it was the LORD Himself who would provide the eternal ransom for our hearts when He went to the cross for you, me and the rest of human history (1 John 4:9). Although the devil desired to destroy us, eternally, God stepped in—as only He could—to bring us into the safe place and fulfilling presence of Almighty God. And if we agree with the psalmist, and declare that God is on our side as we submit our lives to His calling, we indeed will be rescued and redeemed for His eternal purpose and our ultimate pleasure.
Prayer for today:
Dear Jesus, thank You that my suffering is not hidden from Your sight. Thank You that You indeed care about (name)______ life and are attentive to the details there within. Help (name)________ to remember that when we call upon the powerful name of Jesus Christ, the devil and his minions will retreat to the place You tell them (Psalm 56:8-9). Thank You that caring for (name)__________. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
Week Two, Day Six:
When the LORD delivers us, we need to document it in some way. By sharing the event and outcome with others and writing it down, we are then able to reflect on such times of deliverance when future problems arise. In Psalm 126:2-3, the Israelites are recalling how happy they were once they were delivered from harm by the power of the LORD. In doing this, they recall His goodness and His mercy over their lives. As we experience times of hardship and heartache, may we take time to declare God’s power in our own stories—reminding ourselves, just as the Israelites did—God has done it for me in the past…and He will do it again in His perfect time!
***Have sketches of a few picture frames. These are to be “framed moments” that we look back on from within our own stories and thank the LORD for His deliverance from. Whether a word or simple sketch, take a moment to actually stop and focus on recalling the LORD’s faithfulness in your own story.
“O LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1 (NASB)
Week Two, Day Seven:
In the midst of a tornado within our lives or of those we love, it is important for us to remind our hearts of Biblical truths. The LORD is the defender and protector for all who trust in the powerful name of Jesus Christ. This is not to state that we will not experience hardship in this life—in fact Jesus Christ assures us of such difficulties within the believer’s life (John 16:33). Yet, Jesus Christ Himself assures us, in that same passage that we are to be encouraged realizing that He has overcome every form of heartache and temptation that this world throws at us—as He rose from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:4). Let this sink in personally today—you are going to make it through this by the power of the LORD Jesus Christ.
Prayer for today:
LORD Jesus, I repent for trying to look to other ways to make the pain of this situation go away. It is only You who can bring me through this extremely difficult time. It is only You who can reach (name)________ and bring healing. Your Word tells us that You will keep us from all harm and be with us always (Psalm 121:7-8). Help me to see Your protection and provision within my own story. Help (name)_________ to see Your protection and provision within their own story, as well. In Your powerful name I pray, amen.
**Week Two in review. Please write down the most meaningful verse from this past week below. As you do, please take the time to thank God for His Word. How beautiful to recall that God’s original plan was for humanity to enjoy perfect communion with Him in Eden. Once we missed the mark, God provided redemption for us through the rescue of Jesus Christ for each of our souls. What a gracious God we serve! Thank Him for His endless grace.
** Optional Service Project (Acts 20:35): Everyone loves to share a story. This week, call a local retirement home and see if you could do something to bless them with your time. Sometimes just being present is all someone needs to receive the needed boost to endure under their own present challenges. Remember, just because one is enduring hardships by no means makes them unable to be a blessing to others. Quite the contrary, often times, it is when we are at the end of ourselves that we find the blessings of God.