Daily Devotional for Tuesday August 01, 2017


Psalm 43:5 (NASB) Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.


Who hasn't asked the question? He stood at the water's edge starring into space. You could tell that something deep within him was hurting. We received a call about a man who climbed over the wall and stood on the ledge along the waters of the Niagara River. When we arrived, he seemed almost lifeless swaying back and forth. You could tell he was going to jump at any moment. Today's verse speaks of asking the question... Why are you in despair o my soul? Why are you disturbed? We should find hope in God and praise Him again for He is our help and countenance. Slowly walking up to the man, I made a simple statement that turned his head around. I simply said, "We've all been there, man!" He replied, "Been where?" "We've all been there... that place where we just don't have the answers. When we don't know where to turn!" He said, "Yeah, that's it. I lost my hope for anything better in life!" We have all had those days, weeks, or months where we just don't know where to turn. It may seem like a simple answer, but it's God. We must turn to God and help others to turn to God. We will find our hope in Him. The man eventually let us help him back over the rail and was taken to get some help. Don't despair, turn to God, and get on the right side of the rail of life. He cares, and so do a lot of other people!


TOM SEMBER has been involved in ministering to men for over 20 years. He is an ordained minister with the AG in the NY Ministry Network. Tom lives with his wife, Carolyn, and children in New York. You can connect with Tom on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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