Spiritual Practice


Ashley Mafima

Sometimes I wonder, Who are you, God? Where are you in this sinful world? Or I ask, “Why is this happening?”

I am thankful that God is big enough to handle my doubts, worries, and fears. God is not surprised by them and does not love me any less for asking. We can come to God with open, honest, raw emotions, just as David expressed all his emotions in the psalms—the good, the bad, and the ugly. David did not hold back anything from God. As I face my day-to-day struggles, I am encouraged that I can come boldly to the throne of grace, receive mercy, and find grace to help me in times of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Who is God? God is our refuge in the storm and our strength when we are weak. God is always present to help us when we cry out to God.


God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV)

PRAYER: God, help us to draw near to you when we feel as if our world is falling apart. Thank you for letting us tell you how we feel when life gets tough, knowing that we have nothing to fear because you are fighting for us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

—from devozine (September/October 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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