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"Giving Thanks" Devotional | Day 8 | 11.17.2021

Give Thanks in Your Brokenness Because God Gives You Strength While going Through the Struggle!

– Day 8

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 62:7-8 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.

“God speaks through His preacher, through His Word, and through circumstances.”

Derek Redmond was a runner on the British sprint team. He was running the four-by-four hundred relay with his teammates. At the onset of the race, his team was moving nicely along the track. Then came the baton handoff to Derek. His job was to bring it home. His last leg of the race should have brought his team and good ol’ England a gold medal. But as he turned the corner, he pulled an Achilles tendon and fell flat on his face. He lay there on the ground, in desperate pain. He didn’t want to be there, but he was in too much pain to get up.

He began to crawl along the track. You could hear a pin drop, as all eyes focused on him trying to scratch his way forward. It was in the midst of this unfolding drama that a man came down from the stands, went over to the track, and picked up Derek Redmond.

One of the judges said, “I am sorry, sir, you must leave the track. The older gentleman waved his hand and said, “Leave me alone, this is my boy.”

Derek Redmond’s father left the stands from on high and came down where Derek Redmond had fallen down to the dust, the dirt of defeat. He picked him up and put him on over his shoulder. He put his arms around his son’s waist and helped him cross the finish line. The crowd stood up in applause. Derek Redmond and his father got more applause than the runners who didn’t fall at all. The people who never fell didn’t need help from their daddy. The people who never fell never needed help. They were sufficient to make it on their own.

Today, there is someone in the stands who sits up high, who is willing to come down, pick you up, and let you put your arm around His shoulder. He’ll put His arm around your waist, and He’ll drag you across the finish line. You can still come across the line, a winner, for the glory of God, by relying on Him to carry you through. He can give you strength while going through your struggle!

1. What struggle in your life can you recall that God gave you strength?

2. Psalm 46:1 says that God is a refuge. What do you need refuge from right now?

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