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Messy Lives

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18, NIV

David was a man who passionately loved God. But that didn’t mean his life was free from chaos, heartbreak, or drama. If anything, David had more than his fair share of these three things.

He lived with the chaos of war as he attempted to stabilize the warring factions of Israel. He survived the heartbreak of losing an infant child after his affair with Bathsheba. He dealt with the drama from a son that tried to steal the throne and another who raped his half-sister.

But through it all, David did one thing right – he kept turning back to God. He didn’t hide his sins or pretend he was doing okay. He poured out his grief, anger, heartbreak, and betrayals into the book of Psalms.

Many times when we think of a new year, we think of “Hallmark” perfection. You might long for the ideal marriage, the beautifully blended family, or the joy of holding a child after years of infertility.

But even in the middle of your chaotic and messy life, God is still with you. He doesn’t abandon you when hardship and heartbreak come knocking on your door. Instead, He draws closer and gently bandages your wounds.

Prayer:

Lord, sometimes I’m tempted to think that my life needs to look perfect before I can approach You. Help me to let go of this belief. I want to invite You into every area of my life, especially the ones that are messy! Be my Guide; show me how to release my broken pieces. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

January 17 Devotional

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