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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

Numbers 16:41–18:32
Mark 16:1-20
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 11:7

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Psalm 55:22 (CSB): “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Our Verse for Today, if taken out of context, may seem flighty. It may seem as if the Psalmist is making a statement that we all want to be true, but we all feel as if it tends to be more untrue than true when applied to “real life.”

“I get so emotionally shaken when life gets hard,” we say, as our words seem to disprove the principle of the verse.

Psalm 55:22 (CSB): “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

That is why it is so important to read context. You cannot simply pick a verse from Scripture. You have to read the verses around it to determine the true meaning of the verse.

When we read the context (Psalm 55), we realize that Psalm 55:22 wasn’t written during easy times. It was written during very, very difficult times. David, once again, was fearing for his life. And to compound the problem, he was dealing with profound emotional distress as he realized he had been betrayed by someone he thought was his true friend.

So, it is in the fires of life’s difficulties that David writes Psalm 55:22. That gives David’s words context, credibility, and power.

Psalm 55:22 (CSB): “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

What is David saying that we can apply to our own life?

  • Tell the Lord all about what is going on in your life because He knows anyway (Philippians 4:6-7; 1 Peter 5:7). Then, entrust yourself to His sovereign care as He works out everything according to His will (Ephesians 1:11) knowing that He has promised to use whatever happens to you for your good (if you are a Jesus-follower) in order to make you more like Jesus (Romans 8:28).
  • He will hold you during those trials and will give you what you need to stand strong.
  • While you will not be the same person after the trial is over, you won’t need to pick yourself up off the battlefield. The Lord can enable you to maintain your footing, as you stand upon the truth of His Word and your relationship with Him.

Friend, these may still seem like flighty, untested principles that have more in common with wishful thinking than substantive living. But, my wife and I can testify (as can thousands of other believers) that the principles found in this verse are true.

In the 22 years that my wife and I have been married, we have experienced a boatload of tragedy (and very close calls)!

  • The death of my wife’s Mom (while my wife was 5 months pregnant with our first child) and then her Dad.
  • Our first born son almost died at birth.
  • The birth of our second son turned into a nightmare when an intern let Kim’s epidural run out in the middle of the C-section (if we had sued [we didn’t], we could have gotten a massive settlement because of negligence).
  • Our second son almost drowned in a pool during a Sunday School party.
  • I had to lead a church through a nightmare scenario when a staff member was accused of committing some major crimes.
  • My wife had one kidney extracted and many other scars on her body from cancer and pre-cancer surgeries.
  • For almost 2 years, we were facing potential foreclosure and bankruptcy with the sale of our Florida house that never recovered from the 2006 housing bust (fortunately, it was positively resolved).
  • My parents went through a painful divorce 5 years ago.
  • My wife and I have experienced some very painful things simply because we are in ministry. I’ve seen church members mistreat our sons, betray my wife, slander me, and so much more. Anyone that thinks that pastoring is for sissies has never, ever been a pastor.

And, yet as my wife and I have experienced those things and so much more, our resolve to follow Jesus is so much stronger than it ever was before.

Why?

Because we have come to realize that life is hard. It’s hard because we live in a broken world that was messed up by sin (Genesis 3).

But, Kim and I have also realized that our God loves us and is walking through every single thing with us. We are never alone. We have a Heavenly Father who has promised to work everything for our ultimate good.

So, we don’t follow Jesus because life is easy. We follow Him and love Him because we have discovered that He is true, that He loves us, and that He is so gracious to us even as difficulties come our way.

In this aspect, we share Simon Peter’s sentiments in the following verses:

John 6:66-69 (CSB): “From that moment many of his disciples turned back and no longer accompanied him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘You don’t want to go away too, do you?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.'”

Following Jesus doesn’t mean that life will be easy. But, it does mean that you will never go through those trials alone. And, as you walk through those difficulties with Him, you will discover that you can be victorious even when life sends bad things your way.

So, comply with the principles of our Verse for Today and experience it’s blessing.

Psalm 55:22 (CSB): “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”