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Devotional for 1-9-2019

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FENCED IN?

Years ago, one of the most popular songs was, “Don’t Fence Me In!” Its catchy tune and happy words captured the minds of many, and people sang the refrain over and over.

A psychologist became interested in its popularity and decided to conduct a research project to discover why it was so popular.

His conclusion? Everyone feels as though they are fenced in by one thing or another whether it’s a job or a mortgage, unpaid credit cards or the responsibilities of life in general. Life has a way of “building walls around us.” What are “these walls?”

There is the wall of fear. Life is so unpredictable and uncertain. A job, or a loved one, or our health can be taken from us in a moment, and suddenly what was a shield of security is gone.

There is the wall of failure. Many find themselves behind this wall because of bad advice or poor planning or following the path of least resistance. But failure is not a disgrace – not doing our very best is!

There is the wall of forsaking truth. Often we do not want to admit what is so we “create” what isn’t and get trapped. One lie always calls for another until the wall is so far above us it blocks the light of truth.

But we find Good News in the Bible! There is God’s strength to scale these walls, and all of the other walls we build by ourselves, or that rise up before us in life.

“With my God I can scale a wall,” said the Psalmist. Whatever is before us can be put behind us with God’s help!

Prayer: Father, there are far too many walls in life to climb without You. Thank You for being our Ladder in life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today: Psalm18:29b With my God I can scale a wall.

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