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By August 31, 2022Daily Devotionals

August 31, 2022

Scripture: I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely. Psalm 16:7-9 NASB 1995

As teachers, we often find ourselves facing difficult, repetitive situations with predictable outcomes. We may have a distracting student in our classroom who behaves in a predictable way, or we may know a staff member who holds a particular opinion and consistently voices it in ways that side-track or stifle productive discussions.

Ongoing, “chronic” problems require us to divert a lot of our productive energy into maintaining a professional attitude by not getting angry. It is not uncommon for us to eventually develop defensive patterns of thinking to protect ourselves in these environments. These “ruts” often result in drawing us into either power struggles or isolation.

The verses above present us with one of the Lord’s most profound promises. We know that we can stand securely in His presence in the midst of any situation. What is most profound about these verses is how David describes the posture he takes through his knowledge that he “will not be shaken.” He says, “Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will dwell securely.” This verse offers us a portrait of a person standing in the utmost confidence of faith in his God.

Sometimes we need to stop and remind ourselves that the Lord is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). He stands with us, not against us and is for us. He will be quick to give us the wisdom we ask for when we need it (James 1:5).

Be encouraged today that the Lord “is at your right hand,” and because of this, you “will not be shaken.” You can take on the posture of perfect peace (shalom). Bless the Lord today in a difficult situation, allow Him to instruct you, and step into peace as you wait for Him to reveal Himself to you. Then the peace that you carry will position you to walk forward in supernatural wisdom and grace.

Prayer: Lord, help me to see what I cannot see. Give me the strength to address this situation once again. I ask that You grant me the wisdom I need to secure a successful outcome. I choose to rest (shalom) until Your peace allows me to move forward. Amen

Copyright David Bedell. To connect with the author, email [email protected]

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  • Scott says:

    A great promise and reminder of how to respond when we have one of those “chronic” problems.

  • Laurie says:

    Thank you–This really encouraged me today.

  • Luci Stanley says:

    Thank you, David! I love the reminder to. be rooted in Psalm 16 — “My heart is glad, my glory rejoices, my flesh also will dwell securely.” What a wonderful promise!

  • Ginny says:

    Nice! What a great reminder to to be an encourager and not get stuck in a rut!