Devotional for Friday October 20th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “A prosperous life”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “Sometimes God must rearrange things in your life.”

 

Yesterday I told you about a difficult period in my own life that was scary and uncertain. But I also explained how it was that over time God reached into the middle of that deep and dark situation and brought some good and beautiful things out of it. In order to do that God had to rearrange some things in our lives. The major health episode Linda suffered wasn’t caused by God, but it was what God used to bring about some very good things for us – He just needed to make some adjustments in our lives in order to do it.

 

The Apostle Paul had several situations like that in his own life. In 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 he wrote of one such situation. There he tells of a “thorn in his flesh” that he was to carry with him for the rest of his life. We don’t know exactly what Paul’s “thorn” was but we do know it was debilitating in some way and in Paul’s own words, it hindered him to the point of “weakness”. Many Bible scholars believe it was eyesight that was so bad that Paul needed others to read and write for him.

 

However, as Paul explained in that passage, the thing that he saw as his “weakness” actually turned out to be a major source of Paul’s success. For one thing that “thorn” created within Paul a sense of humility and dependency that never existed in him before. Our impression of Paul (Saul the Pharisee) before this was of a strong-willed, overly-confident, and somewhat harsh man who was hard-charging and unyielding. But after this he would always need to rely on trusted assistants such as Barnabas, Timothy and Silas. Paul needed them simply to function in daily life and to minister effectively.

 

This turn of events in Paul’s life, which certainly seemed bad at the time, ended up being the turning point that led him into a season of life, and a record of achievements, that never would have happened otherwise.

 

The lesson we learn here, from the example of Paul today and from mine and Linda’s story as related yesterday, is that God often uses bad and even tragic situations in our lives to move us on to the next great thing He has in store for us.

 

I don’t know what’s going on in your life today but I do know that God is sovereign over those events and that He can and will use them for your benefit and for His glory. Whatever it is, I encourage you to commit it to God and ask Him to redeem it for your good and for His glory.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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