By Michael Guido
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a blessed devotion that will have deep meaning for one about to face surgery or for one of your loved ones who is going through a tough trial of sorts. Read this and meditate on it. Hopefully you will share it with those for whom you care and those facing a serious surgery.
Several weeks ago I was waiting in line for my pre-op room assignment. It was a time of anxiety and fear, apprehension and uncertainty. The surgeon had carefully laid out the risks as well as the rewards. All of the tests and examinations confirmed that my physical condition was strong and able to withstand the lengthy procedure.
When it was my turn to speak with the scheduler, I noticed that she had a well-worn Bible in her kiosk next to her computer keyboard. Its good to see you reading the Bible. Obviously you must love the Lord. What are you reading today? I asked.
Yes, Sir. I surely do love the Lord. Hes my best Friend. And this morning I am reading Psalm 91 and Im meditating on verse two: I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress.
Suddenly the God of all comfort appeared and spoke to me through one of His angels. What an unexpected message from God. As I stood before her, tears streamed down my face and splashed on my medical records while her words comforted my heart and put my soul at ease.
The words refuge and fortress are normally used in a military context. As used here they convey a special significance. God is in control and has established Himself in a defensive position against all enemies. Moreover, the Psalmist says that He is My God! assuring us that He is personal, present and prepared to protect us from any and all enemies. Because of His faithfulness in the past, we have no reason to ever doubt His presence and protection.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your Word, the assurance of Your grace when we face lifes challenges. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 91:2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.
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