Grace for Trials
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread I'm Amy Boucher pie and I called today's reading Grace for trials
 Annie Johnson Flint was crippled by severe arthritis just a few years after high school she never walked again and relied on others to help care for her needs
 because of her poetry and him she received many visitors including a Deaconess who felt discouraged about her own Ministry when the visitor return home shirotani wondering why God allowed such hard things in her life in response and he sent a poem God hath not promised Skies always blue flowers strewn Pathways all our lives through
 she knew from experience that suffering often occurred but that God would never abandon those he loves instead he promised to give Grace for the trials help from above unfailing sympathy Undying Love
 you may recognize that poem as the him what God has promised
 Moses also suffered in face Strife but he knew God's presence was with him when he passed his leadership of the Israelites to Joshua and Deuteronomy 31 he told the younger man to be strong and courageous because the Lord your God goes with you
 Moses knowing that the people of Israel would face formidable enemies as they entered and took the promised land said to Joshua do not be afraid do not be discouraged
 Disciples of Christ will face hardship that we have God's spirit to encourage us he'll never leave us
 today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Deuteronomy chapter 31 verses 1 through 8
 then Moses went out and spoke these words to all Israel I am now 120 years old and I'm no longer able to lead you the Lord has said to me you shall not cross the Jordan the Lord your God himself will cross over ahead of you he will destroy these nations before you and you will take possession of their land Joshua also will cross over ahead of you as the Lord said and the Lord will do to them what he did to Sion a nog the kings of the amorites he destroyed along with our land the Lord will deliver them to you and you must do to them all I have commanded you be strong and courageous do not be afraid or terrified because of them for the Lord your God goes with you he will never leave you nor forsake you
 and Moses summon Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel be strong and courageous for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them and you must divide it among them as their inheritance the Lord himself goes before you and will be with you he will never leave you nor forsake you do not be afraid do not be discouraged
let's pray
 heavenly father when we're feeling discouraged and distressed please remind us through your holy spirit that you'll never leave us and you will never forsake us we pray with gratitude in the name of Jesus Amen
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