“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).
Aren’t you glad we serve a Deliverer today? An affliction is defined as the cause of persistent pain or distress. You might feel afflicted today, but God is working to bring you out of that difficult situation. It may not be in the way you thought, but you have to trust that God has your best interest at heart.
I know that afflictions can take on many forms—a sickness or hardship, a temptation, a coworker or family member. There are so many things that can come against us, but God promises in His Word that no weapon formed against us shall prosper! Those afflictions are only temporary.
Stand in faith believing that God is on your side. Remember, you and God are a majority. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances look like, get up every morning and say, “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” As you stand and trust the Lord, He will deliver you out of all your afflictions, and you’ll see His hand of blessing in every area of your life.
A Prayer for Today
Father in heaven, thank You for making me righteous through the blood of Jesus. I trust that You have a good plan for me, and that You will deliver me out of all affliction. Thank You for Your strength and peace in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
– Joel Osteen
McKenzie Cochran, a 25-year-old Black man screamed “I can’t breathe” six times in Northland Center Mall in Southfield, Michigan after he’d been forcefully detained by three security guards. Cochran died at the hands of those guards. According to reports, the security guards sprayed him with pepper spray in order to subdue Cochran. What’s worse is that the guards responded to Cochran’s urgent cry for help with, “If you can talk, you can breathe.”
Southfield Police say Cochran was seen outside a store a couple of days ago and had revisited the store Tuesday evening. The owner felt uncomfortable and called for the mall security. You know, because people don’t go to stores more than once. Northland Center Mall General Manager Brent Reetz says Cochran was loitering outside the LA Jewelry store and personnel were concerned. Local news reported that someone from the store claimed Cochran verbally threatened them. Hmmm…
Security went to talk to Cochran and they claimed he wasn’t compliant. A struggle began between the guards and Cochran, then they all held him down. From the video, it looks as if one officer is holding down his legs, another is holding down his head and the other is holding him down at his torso, but it was the pepper spray that obstructed Cochran’s breathing.
Shortly after the officer’s nasty and inhuman reply to Cochran’s claims he couldn’t breathe, he passed out. That’s when the guards called for backup and paramedics. By the time the Southfield Police arrived, Cochran had a pulse, but was not responsive. He was transported to Providence hospital where he died.
The Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Cochran’s death an accident in March, naming the cause of death as position compression asphyxia.
Though she acknowledged that mistakes were made, Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said Thursday there was no proof of criminal intent, reports CBS Detroit.
“This is not an issue of whether these security guards were negligent,” Cooper said, according to the Detroit News. “It’s whether they were criminally negligent.”
I have a friend who always begs me to tell her about my dating experiences. It’s almost as if I’m her entertainment. She calls me up to see if I have any “hot date” stories. I think the reason she does this is because she doesn’t date much herself. It’s not that she’s unattractive, boring or anything like that but she lives in a small town where there’s not a whole lot of action and there certainly aren’t a lot of eligible bachelors.
We talk a couple of times a week and she never hesitates to dig into my personal business. This is fine because, after all, we’re friends. But after some years of conversation with her, I’ve realized that she doesn’t have any juicy stories to tell about herself. And understandably so, she hasn’t been out on a date in probably 1-2 years herself (again she just lives in a really rotten area for dating).
I’m flattered that she has such a great interest in my love life but I hate feeling like I’m her source of entertainment every week. She thinks that when you’re in a relationship you should share everything with your closest friends. I agree that close friends should talk and should be able to talk freely but I don’t think they need to know all my business, especially when they’re not divulging any business of their own. (I’ve written about this before.)
People who are engaged or married have told me “what happens in a marriage stays in a marriage”. And while I’m not married yet, I certainly understand why there’s no need to share everything with people outside of your marriage. I do value her advice (most of the time) but I must admit, a lot of the times she’s off the mark. Maybe it’s because she’s a little older than me, maybe it’s because she hasn’t dated in a while, or maybe it’s because she’s more conservative than I am. Whatever the case is, I find myself wanting to tell her less & less about the men that I date. She seems to sense that I might not be sharing everything during our conversations because she’s always pressing me for more information. Unfortunately, I’m just not going to be the friend who gives it to her.
At one point in time, I did tell her that I would always share things with her because we are so close. But as a single woman looking to get married I now realize that this statement was a mistake. The only person that needs to be involved in my relationships is the man I’m with & God. Maybe when (and if) she ever gets married she’ll understand that herself.
Have you told a friend too much about the person you’re dating? Has it ever backfired on you?