Verse of the Day

"I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble."

~Psalm 142:1-2

Today's Devotional Thought

July 05, 2010 by Wendy Foreman


No One Ever Cared Like Jesus

When we find ourselves in a desperate situation where do we turn? Do we become an island to ourselves and withdraw and try to handle things on our own? Do we turn to our friends or spouse to help us through? Or, do we turn to the one we know will help us through, Jesus Christ?

It is so easy to turn to those we are closest to in our lives. We feel comfortable with them and they know us and they can help us through by helping us problem solve or perhaps by giving us encouraging words and scripture to help us. And, none of this is wrong. God desires for us to have deep personal friendships. We need to surround ourselves with godly people who point us to Jesus. But the last part of that sentence is the key: “that point us to Jesus.” Many of us make our friends our little gods. We turn to them and lean on them so heavily that we eventually get to God but not before we go through our friends.

There are several things that are dangerous about leaning on our friends so heavily. First, God should always be first in our lives. God designed us and He knows us. And. He knows when we are hurting and exactly what we are facing so He knows how to help us more than anyone else. Second, when you put that much pressure on a friend, they will let you down. You can not expect someone to handle and solve every single problem that comes into your life. They may help you one time or maybe even two, but eventually those problems will be too big for a human to handle. We must learn to only lean on Jesus to help us through the tough times we face in this life.

David, in today’s Psalm is coming before the Lord and crying out to Him. He is alone and has no one around to help Him or for him to complain to. This Psalm was written by David while he was in a cave running from Saul. No one is around for him to lean on. And David had a best friend in Jonathan, but Jonathan wasn’t right there for David so David had to lean on God.

Ladies, we all face difficult things each and every day. Let me encourage you to have great godly friends that sharpen you and help you and always point you to Jesus. Then let me encourage you to learn to always turn to Him with your troubles and your complaints. Cry out to Him and let Him know when you are hurting. I’ve said it many, many, many times before, God is a big God and He has big shoulders He can take anything you have to say.

In closing I am reminded of an old hymn entitled, “No one Cares for Me like Jesus”. The words of the first verse and chorus go like this:

I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus, Since I found in Him a friend so strong and true. I would tell you how He changed my life completely; He did something that no other friend could do.

No one ever cared for me like Jesus; There’s no other friend so kind as He. No one else could take the sin and darkness from me; Oh how much He cares for me.

We have no other friend like Jesus. When everyone else goes a way at the end of the day, He is still there. In the middle of the night when we are crying and confused and don’t know what to do, He is there. I don’t know what is going on today in your life. Maybe everything is fine and you are happy and life is good. However, maybe there are some of you who are struggling and you have tried leaning on friends and family and it has done nothing but frustrate you and left you feeling alone. Then friend, turn to Jesus, there really is no other friend like Him.

Memorize this verse today:

"I cry aloud to the Lord; I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy. I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble."
~Psalm 142:1-2

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