The reading for today is Psalm 6:6-9 KJV.
"I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard my prayer."
My first reaction upon reading this was, "I know exactly how you feel." I was sorely vexed, indeed. In late March, I developed a rare disease (non-contagious) which could lead to blindness if left untreated. The only known treatment required medication which has serious side effects, including lowering the immune system. During this pandemic, surely not a good time to have something like this. Shortly after that, my daughter developed an eye problem which might have necessitated retinal surgery. Who are the enemies attacking our eyes and why? What could I do?
Only one solution to the problems: Trust in the Lord. Philippians 4:6 tells us, "Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"With thanksgiving" -- I am so grateful my doctor was able to see me immediately and was able to diagnose the problem. I am grateful there is a treatment. I am grateful my daughter did not need surgery. So much for which to be grateful.
Many are going through difficulties now and many have not been graced with faith. Their paths are truly hard. We, as Christians, are blessed to be able to maintain an attitude of gratitude because we've been shown the way. It's wonderful to be reminded by Paul, "Do not worry about anything."
You are awesome, dearest Lord. You've promised to be with us always, and we trust in You and Your promise. Worry accomplishes nothing, so we can let go of it and turn our lives and outcomes over to You. We give You our thanks through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, all to the glory of your holy name. Amen.
Sandy Topping Sandybt37@aol.com
Prayer Concern: Those who spend much time worrying while accomplishing nothing.