Daily Devotional

Remain standing

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O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.

— Isaiah 33:2 (NRSV)

Two years ago, after two days of almost cyclone-force winds, I traveled to an activity at one of our churches. While going through a pine forest, I came upon a section where many of the trees were bent over at forty-five-degree angles or had completely fallen. Only a few remained upright. I assumed that given the quality of the land and the weakness of the roots, the trees could not withstand the strong winds. My explanation, although logical, was wrong. I later found out that the wind had not been blowing from its usual direction, and the trees could not resist the force.

Then I thought of my Christian life. I have found myself in a similar situation several times, surprised by the wind’s direction and unprepared to face the storm. Growing in faith and in our relationship with God means becoming aware of our frailty and our need for Jesus Christ’s saving grace. Christ helps us remain standing even in unexpected situations.

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