DAILY DEVOTIONAL FROM PASTOR WESLEY November 16, 2021
Blessed to Be Broken
Even when we’re at our lowest, God is faithfully by our side.
Brokenness is not a topic we like. It makes us feel powerless when our sources of protection fail. However, when that happens, we also receive a gift—the true understanding of ourselves and, better still, of the God who loves us.
Proverbs 18:24 says, “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” And in Hebrews we hear God say, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5). Rather than leave, God abides. The Greek word menÃ³ is often translated as “abide,” but it can also be rendered “remain” or “stay”—and that is what God does. Others may walk out. We may even give up on ourselves, but He remains, waiting patiently alongside us. Always.
Perhaps that’s why Henry Francis Lyte’s hymn “Abide With Me” still resonates. The first stanza reads, “When other helpers fail and comforts flee, help of the helpless, O abide with me.” Whether you’re broken or in the process of healing, make these words your prayer today.
Think about it
• Find a copy of “Abide With Me” and place it where you’ll be able to meditate daily on its biblical truths. Which stanzas resonate most with you? Why?
This is Dr. Michael Wesley, Sr.'s latest book on the subject of marriage. As a Pastor he has counseled many couples before, during, and after marriage so this has given him keen insight into the marital relationship. He himself has been married to the same woman for over 40 years so he has a wealth of knowledge on this subject. In this book Dr. Wesley covers that marriage comes from God, the keys to compatibility, the keys to staying in love, and even what to do if you feel you have married the wrong person. This is an excellent read if you are considering marriage in the future or even if you are currently married.