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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

June 12

Not Hopeless – Psalm 102:12–17

What do you do when you feel helpless?

No situation is ever hopeless if you have a faith (trust) relationship with the Lord. “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). If you ever feel helpless, seek the Lord’s blessings upon your life. Believe He will do what He has promised, and trust Him to resolve the difficulties in your life (in His way and according to His timetable).

The Psalmist demonstrates this kind of relationship in Psalm 102:12 “But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever, and thy remembrance unto all generations.” This verse seems to have a deeper meaning than just the eternal existence of God. It also seems to include the concept that God’s character will never change, that is, He will always be a merciful God who cares for His people.

God has promised to show mercy to Zion (the nation if Israel). He has done this many times, but there is still a time coming when He will bless them in the greatest way ever. “So the heathen shall fear the name of the LORD” (v. 15).

The Lord “will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer” (v. 17). Many hospital patients are ready to diligently seek the Lord. It may be that the Lord allows illness to come into people’s lives in order to teach them about His love for them.

Some patients have the attitude, “Prayer can’t hurt, and it might help.” This attitude is questionable. On the other hand, some seriously ill patients experience great peace in their hearts because when they have no other hope they genuinely turn to God and cry out, “God heal me, but more than anything else, I want Your will to be done in my life and I want you to receive the glory.” God will surely bless this kind of prayer!