Today’s devotion comes from Louise M.
Read Psalm 37:1-11
‘Trust in the Lord and do good’ Psalm 37:3
Do you ever have times when you feel down or hard done by? 
Instead of simply enduring this, consider following this command from the Lord: ‘Trust in the Lord and do good’

1) TRUST IN THE LORD. Our Father promises us that he will reward us with our heart’s desire, and he will make right the wrongs against us. How long we’ll have to wait, whether it will happen on earth or not until heaven, only He knows. But he promises that, so it’s coming. Have hope in the wonderful future you have to come because of Jesus. You will have peace and you will have joy- no more problems, one day. You have to believe it. So hang in there with Jesus, one day at a time. 

2) DO GOOD. When we take our mind off our own problems to help someone else, it’s likely that we’ll feel better in ourselves as a result. Depending on your circumstances and opportunities, it may range from remembering to text or call a lonely friend one day, to being the first to empty the washing machine, to volunteering for a local foodbank- the possibilities are endless. Pray about it; ask Jesus to show you what to do. It doesn’t have to be big or even something you need to repeat. Just take it one day at a time, and see what happens.

In 1 Peter 2:15, Peter wrote, ‘For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people’. Another bonus! 

But the main thing is that by doing good, even when you’re going through your own problems, you’ll bring glory to the name of God- even if God is the only one who sees what you’ve done. 

Father God, don’t let us despair at seeing injustice and wrongdoing flourish.  Help us trust in the long game, the eternal setting right that you do.  Help us, for our part, to shine out with goodness, and not to let bitterness or pain corrupt our freedom to live a loving life, trusting in your goodness and justice being made known at the end of it all.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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