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Daily Bible Devotional: Commentary on Psalm 55

Updated on May 20, 2013

You do have a purpose, and it's not misery!

Psalm 55:22: Cast your burden on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be moved.

As a child growing up, I never attended a regular church. The closest I ever got to a church was attending a local church one Sunday morning. Why my parents had decided for me to do this I have no idea, because all I remember was going that one time. Oddly enough though, I always “knew” about God growing up. I always felt there was a God and I even prayed to him. I don’t know why I prayed, or how I even knew to pray but I did. The only reason I can think of is because God must have impressed something in me as a child.

It wasn't till my mid-twenties when I started to take God more seriously. Going through a horrendous divorce, I found myself reaching out to anyone, anything that would save me from the pain. My pain and disillusionment was so bad that I spent many sleepless nights wrestling with what ifs, whys and the biggest question of all for me: What is the purpose in all this? Why has this happened to me? Where is God in all this?

Thanks to a loving friend who brought me a Bible in the hospital one day, I started to read and found myself being encouraged by some of the things God had to say in His book. After I went home, the Bible sat pretty lonely on my shelf but I felt comfort knowing it was there. Somehow I felt there were a lot of my questions that could be answered in this book, so I kept searching and reading.

My art

One of Gods purposes for me is as an artist. This is work I did in Adobe Illustrator, one of the many different art mediums I work with. The other purpose He has for me is to write, and share my writing.
One of Gods purposes for me is as an artist. This is work I did in Adobe Illustrator, one of the many different art mediums I work with. The other purpose He has for me is to write, and share my writing. | Source

You are here for a purpose!

One particularly bad night I cried out to God to help me. Struggling again with sleep, I opened up the Bible and started reading right where I opened it. The chapter was on a man named Job. For those who know about Job, you know how hard his life was, yet he never gave up. He lost everything in life except his faith in God.

He lost his family, his lands and even his physical health. His friends wondered how he could even carry on in his faith, yet Job persisted.

I think the reason Job persisted is because he knew that he a had a purpose in life and he knew that no matter what, God was there with him through everything. His story gave me encouragement, maybe because misery loves company but Jobs misery was far worse than mine! Eventually Jobs life was restored though, and he came out an even stronger man in his faith. I liked that because this was exactly what I had been looking for – examples of people that had gone through hardship but made it through!

Many years later, I reflect back on those days and remember how discouraged I was. I thank God that he came into my life and showed me that no matter what, He did have a purpose for me and for everything I had suffered. At the time though, I could not see that. Pain had blinded me into believing that life was not worth living. But God, in his infinite care, showed me that there were others like me, like Job, who had suffered greatly and came out alright.

Something to think about: The next time you feel miserable and all alone, open up the book of Job and read what Job went through. It will help your reflect on your own circumstances and help you have a different perspective on life. You are here for a purpose!

Coming soon: My new 365 day devotional

This is just one devotional in a series of 365 devotionals that will one day be a book - both in hard cover and for the Kindle. All the text in this is my own (except of course for the Bible scriptures) I will be using the NIV (New International Version) for most of my reference to scripture. All the photos used will also be my own photography. If you would like to see more of my art and photography you can also visit me at www. where I will also be chronicling this new book, along with my ideas for writing, marketing and creating e-books for aspiring writers. Thank you for reading!


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    Dorsi Diaz 4 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @ketou) Thank-you!

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    ketou 4 years ago

    so nice

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @Dolores) Thanks for coming by my friend. I read that somewhere too, that those with faith have a better outcome with diseases and life struggles. I'll have to find the data on that. Thanks!

    @Skye) Thank you so much, you really encouraged me this morning. BTW, I love your name. If I had a girl I was going to name her Skye!

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    skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Dorsi I love this devotional. Thank your your heartfelt story. It is beautiful and touching. God had His hand on you girl. If Gods hand is on it, He is on it, amen.

    I started a hub days ago about Job amd his sufferings. It has been a revelation sister and I am so grateful. I believe Job suffered more then anyone in the recorded Bible other then Jesus Christ himself. Oh what a story. It is really about God and not so much job. It will be amazing and awesome to chat with job one day in Heaven.

    I do look forward to checking out your devotional sister. God has truly Blessed you my friend and many will be touched with the love of Christ in you. The Holy Spirit moves in your words girl. I am honored to know you and Blessed by your writings! Praise to God. U keep on dorsi. Phil 4:13 U will, I am sure of it.

    up and up sista!

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    Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

    I love the idea of your daily devotionals. Though not a church going person, I do feel that my faith has sustained me through some very rough periods in life. Having a discussion on the nature of faith recently, I had to think. The 2 who saw faith in God, or in any other spiritual force at all, as not for them are struggling with depression and substance abuse. Not that faith will keep you out of trouble, but can certainly lead you out of trouble, or sustain you when times are tough. Voted up!

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    Dorsi Diaz 5 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @cruelkindness) Thank you so much.

    @msLofton) Thank you. You are so young and I am glad you appreciated this. be 27 again!

    @Tami) Thanks!

    @Chris) I will need to look into that. Thanks for the heads-up and the link my friend!

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    chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

    Hi Dorsi, thank you for this encouraging post, and thanks to God for His love!

    That's awesome about the upcoming book. I also was looking into publishing Kindle ebooks, and I thought they only allow you to use unpublished material. I may be mistaken, but if you're planning to do a Kindle ebook with material you've posted here, maybe double check that they'll accept it. I wanted to do a Kindle ebook using devotional articles I had already put online, but looked elsewhere after looking over Amazon's rules for self-publishing. I mean, I could be wrong, but please double-check if you haven't already read up on it.

    I ended up putting my devotional ebook on instead. Not as much exposure as on Amazon, no doubt, but still an option (they don't restrict you to unpublished material).

    Well, good luck to you, and keep up the great work!

    Aloha, Chris

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    Tami Fite 5 years ago

    Very nice!

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    MsLofton 5 years ago from IL

    I love this!!!! Just the title did it for me!!! I can relate to this being 27 years old. Great Hub!

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    cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view.

    I like this hub.

    Great insight!

    Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)