Today In The Word Daily Devotional

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th May 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th May 2022

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th May 2022

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Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16 May 2022 Written By Dr. Ryan Cook (Moody Bible Institute)

TOPIC: HOPE IN SUFFERING

SCRIPTURE:  Psalm 130

KEY VERSE: I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. PSALM 130:5

MESSAGE

To be human is to suffer. This is true for Christians as well. Not only do we suffer the normal pains and griefs common to all people, but Jesus promised that we might also suffer because of our allegiance to Him (John 15:18). Jesus did not promise to take our sufferings away in this life. Author George MacDonald put it this way: “The Son of God suffered unto the death, not that men might not suffer, but that their sufferings might be like His.”

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Psalm 130 opens with the anguished cry, “Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD” (v. 1). The depths described here by the Psalmist are any place that feels desperate. The Psalmist does not try to hide his suffering or pretend it is not happening. Instead, he accepts its reality while also embracing the reality of God. In his time of need, he turns to God and asks for mercy (v. 2).

The Psalmist recognizes that some suffering is the result of sin. Since all have sinned, God would be justified in allowing suffering to be our primary experience both in this life and the next. But the Psalmist knows something else about God. God delights to forgive (v. 4). God made a way for people to be forgiven through the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. When this psalm was written, the cross was a future event. However, the sacrificial system pointed to it.

Today In The Word Daily Devotional 16th May 2022

Sometimes when we are suffering, we may wonder, “What can we do?” The Psalmist tells us there is something we can do—wait (Ps. 130:5–6). Waiting is not a passive response; it is an expression of hope in God. We wait while recognizing that God is in control.

>> Whatever you are waiting for, whatever situation you find yourself in, know that God is on the throne. You can be confident, “for with the LORD is unfailing love and with him is full redemption” (Ps. 130:7).

Pray with Us

Sometimes it takes dismal, desperate times to shake our faith in empty things. Whether we wait in anger, anxiety, or excitement, grow our roots of faith deep in the hope of Your nature and Your promises.

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Dr. Ryan Cook has taught at Moody Bible Institute since 2012. He earned his bachelor of arts in Bible and Theology from Moody and his master of arts in Old Testament from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has worked in Christian education and served as a pastor in Michigan for seven years. During his time as a professor at Moody, he earned his doctorate from Asbury Theological Seminary. He now lives with his wife, Ashley, and their three children in the Chicagoland area.

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