In Nahum 1:7, the Bible says, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” “Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3) “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do, I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
May grace and peace be with you, comfort, direction, and strength from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus. My His mercy and grace abound. The Lord said, “If two or more on earth agree about something and pray for it, it will be done by my Father in heaven. This is true because if two or three people come together in my name, I am there with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20) The Lord wants us to pray for one another. Prayer is the recognition that God has entered our problems. It is through prayer that we are reminded of who God is. He is our heavenly Father, who loves us and wants to comfort us during times of great sorrow. For God knows that we need and want before we ask Him. So, we pray to our Father in heaven entrusting Him with our every cares and burdens. We trust and believe in Him to honor our prayers. “Therefore, I say unto you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24)
Amid the COVID 19 outbreak, NAAV is praying for our Service men and women, Veterans and their caregivers and family members worldwide. And that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Now it falls to us to trust Him and remember His promises to us. “I will never leave you or forsake you now and forevermore.” NAAV’s contributor is sharing a few words of encouragement and hope for the Holy Scriptures for you to read daily. It is God’s medicine.
Scripture Verses for Meditation
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
(Psalm 23: 1,3,4)
“Lead me in Your truth, and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all day.” (Psalm 25:5)
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:1-4)
“For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (11 Corinthians 5:7-8)
“He is despised and rejected of man; a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; He was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely, he hath borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken of God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:1-4)
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and to cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore, I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.’” (Mark 11:23-24)
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
“For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.” (Luke 20:38)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews13:8)
“I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)
“Man shall not live by bread alone, Jesus said, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
In conclusion, when you are overwhelmed with grief at the loss of your loved one, remember your grief is outstripped by the hope, which remains. Though your loved one has passed away, het shall he or she live. That’s our hope. When sorrow all around closes in, and when darkness comes on every side and when evil one is at every corner, remember your LORD is with YOU very step of the way. Please know that He will deliver you!
God knows your tomorrow like you know your yesterday, and He is able and willing to prepare a haven of hope for you during your hour of sorrow, grief, disappointments and challenges. He knows what you are going through and He will comfort You! Therefore, cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you and your family members. May the grace, love, comfort, protection, and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you now and forever.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I come to You in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Your word says, “…him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37) So, I know You will not cast me out, but You will take me in. And I thank You for it. Lord, I ask You to bless and keep us and our loved ones in Your ever-loving care now and forever. Give us courage and strength for the days and months ahead out of the bountifulness of Your love, mercy, and grace. Lord, make Your face shine upon us and be gracious unto us. Lord, lift Your countenance upon us, comfort us and open doors us when we come before You in prayer. Lord, take away fear, pain or anxiety. Help us to cast our every care upon You daily. Lord, we trust in You and know that You will strengthen and help us and our family members, and You will uphold us with Your righteous right hand. Guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Thanking You Lord God for I know that You always hear us. And You will provide an answer according to Your riches in glory. Thank You, Father! In the Lord Jesus’ name. Amen.
All Scripture verses are taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.
By Constance A. Burns, NAAV Scriptural Readings and Moments of Meditation Contributor; email: firstname.lastname@example.org