CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 1/16/2023

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by Jim Hughes 

CrossPs. 34:17 The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our circumstances of life that God seems so far away. The more suffering we experience, the more doubts we have that God is near or hears us. When nothing seems to change, we begin to lose our grip on faith. We begin to listen to Satan’s suggestions that God has abandoned us or doesn’t care about us as we suffer.

When your faith begins to waver, remember this wonderful and powerful truth: ” The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” The Lord hears the heart cry of His children. Even when we can’t even put into words what we are feeling, God hears us. He knows all about the thoughts and feelings we go through. He cuts through the pain and agony we may have and listens to our heart’s cries. He hears and rescues us from all our troubles.

Sometimes the answers we need are not evident to us. We don’t always know what needs to take place to free us from our circumstances. We don’t know what is best for us. We don’t know how to handle some of life’s struggles. But, the Lord knows exactly what we need and how to meet it. When we let Him have our difficulties, He makes a way out of them for us.

God never has and never will abandon His children. He is with them each step they take in life’s journey. He is with them during their darkest hours. He has a plan for each one and when we wait upon Him and trust Him, He fulfills His plan in us. His plan is always to bless. His plan is to always lead His children into a deeper relationship with Him. His plan is to use all of our life’s circumstances to make us holy, a people after His own heart.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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