Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - August 31, 2009

Good morning,


Our devotion for today comes from Psalm 62:1-2 (CEV) "Only God can save me, and I calmly wait for Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keep me safe and the fortress where I am secure." 


Wherever you are today, meditate on this; the King James Version of Psalm 62:1-2 says "My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken."  This moving passage can bring to mind many images, but a favorite is a photograph of a tiny bird wedged into a small crevasse within a rocky cliff.  Just outside his hiding place, a brutal storm rages.  Strong winds and rain beat down, upturning leaves and breaking tree branches.  Yet, the birds is safe and still and his life is spared, thanks to the solid rock around him.


Can you recall a time in your life when it seemed that you would be blown away by a physical or emotional storm?  What was your response to this trial?  Did you venture into its midst or retreat into the shelter of God's protective arms?  When a storm blows into your life, remember the words of Psalm 62.  Pay attention to the phrase, "my soul waits in silence for God only."  In the photograph mentioned above, the bird was not chirping and fretting.  Instead he was resting quietly until the storm passed.  His confidence was in the source of his protection.


Though God always hears our cries of distress, we can be assured that once we call for Him, He will be with us.  We can release our anxieties and rest in Him until the storms die down. 


Have a blessed calm day!


Your brother in Christ,

J. H. Flakes, III


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