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GOD CONSOLES US

By Ariel Dyer
July 7, 2020

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

1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
Acts 25:1-27
Psalm 5:1-12
Proverbs 18:19

One of my most terrifying moments as a Young Life leader was in college when I almost witnessed the death of one of my high schoolers. We had a couple of kids from the high school come hang out with us at our college campus and we got bored. So, what do you do when college Young Life leaders and high schoolers get bored? You go on an intense hike… in the dark. Personally, I didn’t think it was that hard of a hike, but some people complained the whole way up.

At one point in the hike we had mountain on our right, almost completely vertical, and a nice drop on our left. We were hiking the side of a mountain. Did I mention it was night time? One of the students who came with us was staring down at his phone to choose another song. And, you guessed it. His left foot went *read in high voice*a little too far to the left and DOWN HE WENT!

Luckily, there was a lot of brush and he was only an arms distance from the ledge and we were able to lift him up to safety. Don’t worry, his phone was okay too. After that moment I was ready to get up and keep hiking to the top, but he said “I just need a second to sit here and think about what just happened.” So, we all stopped and sat and listened to him talk, for the first time, about how he thought God might be real.

Psalm 94:18-19 says “When I thought, ‘My foot slips’ your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”

It wasn’t until we sat on the side of the mountain that he talked about God being real. So often, I am ready to just pick myself up and move on. It’s not until I stop and pay attention that I get to see his steadfast love holding me up or recognize his consolations cheering my soul.

To memorize:

But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

— Psalm 5:11

Prayer to start with: Lord, teach us to sit with you so we can see all you have done and all you plan to do. Remind us to be still in your presence so we don’t miss out on your wonderful works.