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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, March 5, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
We may suffer for many reasons. Some suffering is the direct result of our own sin; some happens because of our foolishness, and some is the result of living in a fallen world. Peter is writing about suffering that comes as a result of doing good. Christ never sinned, and yet he suffered so that we could be set free. When we follow Christ’s example and live for others, we, too, may suffer. Our goal should be to face suffering as he did—with patience, calmness, and confidence that God is in control of the future. (NLT)
1 Peter 2:19-25 – For God is pleased with you when, for the sake of your conscience, you patiently endure unfair treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing right and are patient beneath the blows, God is pleased with you.
This suffering is all part of what God has called you to, Christ, who suffered for you, is your example. Follow in his steps. He never sinned, and he never deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted. When he suffered, he did not threaten to get even. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried away our sins in his own body on the cross so we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. You have been healed by his wounds! Once you were wandering like lost sheep. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.
Monica A. Andermann (New York) titled her story “IN HIS FOOTSTEPS;” here is a portion of Monica’s story:
“When I was six, I experienced my first blizzard. Imagine my shock when Dad opened the door revealing over a foot of snow! We seemed to be trapped. . . .
“. . . From time to time, ‘Blizzards’ of all types come into our lives. They can cause us to feel just as trapped as I did by that snowstorm. Yet, when we turn to Christ and allow him to lead the way, we can emerge from our trials into the sunlight of a better day.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today and every day I will trust Jesus Christ to guide my steps.
Prayer: Dear Lord, when faced with a frightening situation, may we put our fears aside, turn to you in faith, and allow you to lead the way toward better circumstances. Amen.
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