An Earthquake Resistant Faith – Beloved Women – May 1, 2020

READ: “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 ESV)

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: Is it possible to embody even a sliver of hope as your world collapses around you? Much like an earthquake, there are circumstances that hit us without warning. The sudden death of a child, a devastating house fire, a violent robbery, an incapacitating illness, are all examples of events that cause a massive unexpected jolt to the system. 

Engineers tell us that strong buildings need deep foundations and structural support systems in order to withstand a powerful earthquake. It doesn't mean that the building won't be affected, it means that it will continue to stand. When the foundation of our faith is deeply grounded in and supported by Scripture, it empowers our walk through the darkest hours of life. When our world is stricken by chaos, it disrupts our peace and shakes our faith. However, God's word is a restorative force capable of re-centering our hearts after a massive shock to the soul. It is through endurance and the encouragement found in Scripture that we develop resilience and find hope in the aftermath of life altering events. Earthquake resistant faith is built on knowledge of His promises. His promises stand forever! 

PRAY: God, I know that Scripture has been passed down to strengthen us with Godly endurance and encouragement so that we can retain our hope in You. Help me to hold tightly to Your word and find peace in Your presence, no matter what storms come my way. In Jesus' mighty name, I pray, Amen.

REFLECT: As you reflect on your relationship with Scripture, what changes do you need to make to help you go deeper into His word? 

CONNECT: Find more encouragement from Alida Sharp at www.alidasharp.com.

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