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Today’s Truth

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 34:15

Friend to Friend

Pastor James Moore of Houston, Texas tells the story of a young man whose wife died, leaving him with a small son to raise alone. After a beautiful and moving memorial service, the young man and his son returned home from the cemetery.

Family and friends had all gone home. The man was lost. Numb with grief, he decided he and his son would go to bed early because there was nothing else he could bear to do.

After tucking the little boy into bed, the young father laid in the darkness – heartbroken and weeping – wondering how he could go on without his wife beside him. The voice of his son broke through the darkness with a haunting question, “Daddy, where is Mommy?”

The father could not speak. He simply got up and brought the little boy to bed with him. The child could not fall asleep. He was confused by the day’s events. Although he did not really understand all that had happened, the child knew something was very wrong. He tossed and turned, disturbed and restless, occasionally asking questions like “Why isn’t she here?” and “When is she coming back?”

When the weary father had run out of answers and the anxious little boy had run out of questions, he finally said, “Daddy, if your face is toward me, I think I can go to sleep.” The father turned toward his son, wrapped his arms tightly around him, and asked God to strengthen them both for the days ahead. In just moments, the little boy grew quiet and was soon fast asleep.

The father lay there in the darkness for a while, staring into the beautiful face of his son. A new resolve took root. It was just a tiny broken seed, but that is all faith requires when placed in the hands of God.

So in childlike faith, the shattered and desperate young man cried out to God, “Father, I don’t see how I can survive this. The pain is just too much, Lord! The future looks so lonely and so miserable. But God, if your face is toward me, I think I can make it.”

Girlfriend, that is exactly what the Messiah came to teach us – that God’s face is always towards us. No matter where you are, no matter what you are facing – rest your wobbly and oh-so-feeble faith on this bedrock conviction – you and your God are in this together.

Let God replace your fear with His peace.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7, NASB).

Expect God to meet your every need.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19, NIV).

Believe God is your safe place.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1, NIV).

Rest in God’s plan for your life.

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

Trust God to deliver you from the darkness.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand (Psalm 40:2, NIV).

Know that Jesus Christ will never leave you or forsake you.

God has said, ‘I will never leave you; I will never abandon you’ (Hebrews 13:5, NCV).

Pain can rip our lives apart. We frantically try to find some way to put it all back together, but the broken pieces don’t seem to fit anymore.

You may be desperately clinging to the broken and mismatched remnants of your life, wondering how you can go on. Whispers of the enemy creep into your heart, soul, and mind, taunting you with the lie that you are just too dirty and too broken for God to love or use. You might as well give up, the devil taunts. Do. Not. Believe. Him.

Trust God. Like the children of Israel, just stick your toes in the water, and watch God part the raging sea before you. His face is always toward you.

Let’s Pray

Father, I come to You – desperate and broken. I don’t have the strength to go on, Lord. You are my first and last hope. Hear the cries of my heart, God. See the shattered pieces of my life.

Jesus, I come … I come.

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Philippians 4:7 (NIV) “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Make a list of the dark places in your life today. Surrender each one to God. Ask Him to bring light into your heart and mind and help you walk in His peace today. When the waves of darkness come, remember each one now belongs to your Father.

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5 Responses to “When His Face is Toward Us”

  1. Dawn says:

    This was beautiful and I had to finally comment. My mom told me about your website and I have been following you for about 2 months now and I have been so blessed with your inspirational stories and prayers. Thank you and I’m going to post this one on Facebook cause I know so many people who would/could be blessed by this story. God bless you all and thank you girlfriends in God. 🙂

  2. Janelle says:

    I’m so glad my classmate from long ago clicked the Share button on this article. EVERY WORD of this was written for me, for this very dark time in my life. The Holy Spirit has breathed fresh courage into my soul through these words. Thanks be to God!

  3. Kimberly lampron says:

    Hello Mary,
    I absolutely love the work that you do for the Lord. I receive an e-mail of the daily devotion and it really is the high light of my day , on the days that I can get to my e-mail. I am a woman who struggles with addiction. I am in a treatment center for women , I have been there for 7 months and I am waiting for my next destination . I have taken steps to put my life back together. First , I have sought a higher power, who I choose to call God, I am a member of A.A, alcoholics anonymous. I am currently in the process of seeking employment, which is my last goal at the treatment center, but being middle age and not having a work history , it has been difficult. I was wondering if you could please pray for me. I pray that God will make his will for me clear, so that I can see what and where He wants my next move to be. I loved todays devotional, as I always do. I am turned , facing toward God, looking at His face …I know that for me I have been standing on Jeremiah 29:11 and I am waiting on God. Thank you so much for all that you do, maybe you have a book or something that you think would help me connect me more to God.

    Thank you so much.
    God Bless
    Kimberly Lampron
    979 Pleasant St
    New Bedford MA, 02470

    • Kimberly, thank you for your post…and for your encouraging words. I am so challenged by your courage and your faith in God. I know He will honor both. Stay in the Word, friend. It is the greatest book you can be in to help your faith grow. Our prayer team will be praying for you as you seek Him. He has a plan for your life! I encourage you to read Proverbs each day … maybe one chapter. It is a book of common sense and practical living. God bless you as you walk in Him.

  4. Shawece P. says:

    This has helped me so much. I was just speaking to my cousin and sister about how I am feeling worthless and alone. I have not been able to feel God for months now. I pray and pray and pray and nothing seems to happen. I sit in church and cry because I feel numb. Reading this devotion and writing down all of my dark places and giving them to God feels amazing, I feel like these burdens is no longer mine and that the things that are blocking me from having a deeper connection with God are not as big as I remember. I can take a deep breath.

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