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God is in Control

By Claudia Baltodano
June 18, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

I Kings 19:1-21
Acts 12:1-23
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 17:14-15

As I reflect on today’s readings, I’m reminded of life’s journey - filled with challenges - and the importance of relying on God at all times. My earliest challenge took place at the age of seven when my parents decided our family would flee our native country of Nicaragua during political unrest. The decision to leave was made suddenly, after a death threat and a friend’s warning of an upcoming labor strike, which would paralyze the country. Three days later, we began an epic journey to California in a red Ford pick-up truck with a camper shell on the back. The faith of my parents and prayers of my grandfather, already living in San Francisco, gave us the courage to trust God and He came through. We arrived safely in the U.S.A. in seven days.

I Kings 19, describes Elijah fleeing the threat of persecution from Jezebel, the King’s wife. Elijah ran for his life, hiding in the wilderness, so fearful he wanted to die. God heard his pleading and sent reinforcements to prepare Elijah for what was to follow. God came through.

In Acts 12, Peter, imprisoned and on the verge of death, needed a miracle. Perhaps you have been in a dire situation where only God’s power could save you. Through prayer and God’s intervention, Peter’s shackles came off, the prison doors opened and God set him free.

God, through the ages, answered prayer in dramatic ways and He will continue helping His children His way in His time. We must trust Him and move toward His voice. Today, during all that we face, we must press-on, knowing God has a plan for us and He is absolutely in control.

We may feel we are in the hot seat but thankfully, God is in control of the temperature.

To memorize:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

— Psalm 136:1

Prayer to start with: Dear Heavenly Father, you are good and your faithful love endures forever. I look ahead to a time when I will be in your presence. Until that glorious day comes, I pray for radical faith and strength to run this race and finish strong in Your name. Amen.