Today’s Scripture: Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Today, I was just thinking back to one of the most recent times in which I have seen God provide. This past Christmas musical came to mind. About a month before the performances, we were down about 600 tickets. I was shocked and hurt that our sales were that low. It’s really hard when you know that souls are involved. The devil knows the most powerful thing in all the world is a clear gospel, and the last thing he wanted was for anyone to come to our musical. I knew that our church needed to get our ‘come boldly’s’ and bring them before God’s throne.

There are moments in our lives when we feel like praying is not really going to help. But, friend, it is in those times that we need to muster up enough courage and faith to come boldly and ask the Lord for the help that He has already promised to provide. I have to remind myself in those moments that everything I am suffering, He already knows. Some of you may be suffering through heart-breaking marital trials or are in the process of losing your house. Remember, when you hurt, your Savior hurts because He cares for you that much.

Do you ever take time to sit back and think of all the hard times that the Lord has brought you through? In the moment that we are facing hardships, we sometimes allow ourselves to be consumed by them. But, then after God provides and the hardship has passed or the prayer has been answered, we tend to store it in the back of our mind rather than at the forefront of our thoughts. Instead of remembering each time our God has provided, we choose to forget and look at each new trial wondering how on earth we are going to make it.

Why not take some time today to write down ways that the Lord has provided for you in the past. Take time to remember your blessings and all He has given. When you do that, the new mountains you have to scale today won’t seem nearly as hard when you remember what your loving Shepherd has already brought you through. No matter what you are dealing with right now, you can come boldly to the throne. God will provide for you. He always does.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder