Today’s Scripture: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Ephesians 4:32.

Thirteen-year-old Natalie Gilbert had been asked to sing, “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a full house at an NBA playoff game. But Natalie forgot the words. She closed her eyes and appeared to be on the verge of tears. Maurice Cheeks, head coach of the Portland Trailblazers, walked out on center court, placed his arm around Natalie and began singing with her. He then asked the crowd to join him.

Sometimes all of us need someone to come along side us and help us become better people. The only person who can really do this for us is Jesus. While friends can help us, it is only Jesus who will never fail us. It is only Jesus who understands our deepest hurts and sorrows. It is only Jesus who knows what is best for us.

Do you need to go to Jesus and ask Him for help? If you are a student, perhaps you are having a hard time pleasing your parents. It could be you are facing a difficult time at work. Possibly a potentially big change has you scared about what the adjustment could do to your life. Maybe you are concerned about your children or grandchildren. Whatever the situation, know this. Jesus already has His arm around you. He has promised to help you. Trust Him and know He will help you.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.