Listen to today’s devo!

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Ps. 91:2)

In late 2011, we were expecting a baby boy. Unfortunately, our son developed medical complications hours after birth and passed on. The night our son died, my wife and I had a struggle in our spirits and experienced a demonic presence in the room. Around 2 a.m., a demonic voice whispered that we would lose the baby. The world stopped in that moment and a void—a sense of being forsaken—filled our hearts.

We all have dreams and aspirations in life. But what do we do when those dreams are shattered completely beyond our human control? What do we do when we seem to have lost the battle? In our desperate calls to God, he often seems far and unconcerned about our pain or imminent danger.

Over several months after our son’s death, God worked in our hearts and minds graciously to discard the negative voices of the enemy and bring assurance of his love for us. Despite all you go through as a child of God, you can trust in him as your refuge and fortress always. When darkness seem to overshadow the light, trust that God is still in control. When he seems far, remember that he is closer than you realize. When the enemy appears to have won, hold the hope that the presence of trials does not mean the absence of God.

Trust God’s love and purpose for you despite the adversities of life.

Jim Machuku is an ordained minister, resident pastor at Mc3, and an educator. He is passionate about leadership development in Africa.

© 2021 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.