OUR DAILY BREAD 24 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — You Have to Relax!

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OUR DAILY BREAD 24 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — You Have to Relax!

Our Daily Bread Ministries Devotional

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

(Saturday August 24 2019)

TOPIC: You Have to Relax!

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Bible in a Year :

Psalms 116–118; 1 Corinthians 7:1–19

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lordhas been good to you.

Psalm 116:7

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Psalm 116:1–9

OUR DAILY BREAD 24 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

MESSAGE:

“You must relax,” pronounces a doctor crisply in Disney’s Rescuers Down Under, attempting to treat the injured albatross Wilbur, a reluctant patient. “Relax? I am relaxed!” a clearly not relaxed Wilbur responds sarcastically as his panic grows. “If I were any more relaxed, I’d be dead!”

Can you relate? In light of the doctor’s dubious methods (such as a chainsaw dubbed an “epidermal tissue disruptor”), Wilbur’s misgivings seem justified. But the scene is funny because it captures how we tend to feel when we’re panicking—whether or not what we’re facing is actually life-threatening.

OUR DAILY BREAD 24 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

When we’re terrified, encouragement to relax can feel ridiculous. I know when I feel life’s terrors piling up around me, and when painful “cords of death” (Psalm 116:3) tighten my stomach into knots, my every instinct is to fight back, not to relax.

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And yet . . . more often than not, my panicked attempts to fight back only tighten anxiety’s vice-grip, leaving me crippled by fear. But when I, albeit reluctantly, allow myself to feel my pain and lift it up to God (v. 4), something surprising happens. The knot inside me relaxes a bit (v. 7), and a peace I can’t understand rushes through me.

OUR DAILY BREAD 24 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

And as the Spirit’s comforting presence surrounds me, I understand a bit more the truth at the heart of the gospel: we fight best when we surrender into the powerful arms of God (1 Peter 5:6–7).

By: Monica Brands

OUR DAILY BREAD 24 AUGUST 2019 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

What struggles do you think of as “cords of death” in your life? How could you grow in surrendering to God’s love and care in the hard times?

God, help us surrender our desperate attempts at control and let go of the burdens we weren’t meant to bear to find rest in Your grace and goodness.

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