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Confidence in crisis

Confidence in Christ in Crisis

I love the title of Psalm 77 in my Bible, “Confidence in time of crisis”. Crisis has a way of overwhelming us and getting our attention. But we can have confidence in Christ in crisis because our God is in complete control.

We can have confidence in the midst of crisis because of Who God is. But we have to know how to access this unshakeable confidence. Our faith is not passive. When we cry out and seek God with all our heart, He will be found.

We have to be willing to go deeper to get deeper with God. The same confidence we find in Christ our children can have, too.

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 78:4-7 (CSB)

“We will not hide them from their children but will tell a future generation the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, his might, and the wondrous works he has performed.

He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children 6 so that a future generation—children yet to be born—might know.

They were to rise and tell their children 7 so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works but keep his commands.

As our children watch how we handle a crisis, we teach them how to have this relationship with God.

Confidence in Crisis Requires Perseverance

In Psalm 80, the Psalmist asks God to restore him three times. His request became more earnest each time he approached God.

Confidence in Crisis Requires Relationship

Each time the Psalmist approached God, his name for God was deeper.

Psalm 80:3

“Restore us, God; make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved.”

Psalm 80:7

“Restore us, God of Armies; make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved.”

Psalm 80:19

“Restore us, Lord, God of Armies; make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved.”

Confidence in Christ in Crisis Depends On Our Passion

It is during a crisis that we are more passionate in our appeal for help. We might start off crying out to God half-heartedly, but it is when we know God as the Great I Am—the Lord, God of Armies—that our prayer to Him is more than just a prayer to our God as our Creator. It is when we pray to Him as Our LORD.

Sometimes we have to look to the past to see what God has done to remind us to have hope and confidence for the future. God has been enough in the past—He will be enough now, too.

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Day #193: Psalms 77-80

Scripture of the Day: Psalm 78:4, 7-8

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