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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 3, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
For first-century Christians, suffering was the rule rather than the exception. Paul tells us that in the future we will become, but until then we must overcome. This means we will experience difficulties that help us grow. We rejoice in suffering, not because we like pain or deny its tragedy, but because we know God is using life’s difficulties and Satan’s attacks to build our character. The problems that we run into will develop our perseverance—which in turn will strengthen our character, deepen our trust in Him, God, and give us greater confidence about the future. You probably find your patience tested in some way every day. Thank God for those opportunities to grow, and deal with them in his strength. (NLT)
Romans 5:1-5 – Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord had done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of highest privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us—they help us learn to endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens our confident expectation of salvation. And this expectation will not disappoint us. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (KJV)
Elaine L. Bridge (Ohio) titled her story “HIDDEN BLESSINGS;” here is Elaine’s story:
“After months of procrastination, I went to a dermatologist to have a suspicious mole on my arm examined. To my surprise, the doctor wanted to biopsy another spot on my skin – one that hadn’t concerned me at all. When the results came back, the second site, rather than the first, had been diagnosed as early-stage melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. Thankfully, the problem was discovered while it could be treated and before it had spread to other parts of my body.
“I had prayed for the first mole to simply disappear without medical intervention; yet if God had answered my prayer, the serious health situation in the other spot would have gone undiscovered. The result could have been fatal.
“So often we pray for the removal of circumstances that are difficult or challenging and we get frustrated when they persist. Instead, we can thank God for the good God will bring out of difficult circumstances. The result may be more favorable than we can see or imagine. We are blessed by God’s love and protection, even when we are unaware that a problem exists.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can bring blessings out of difficult circumstances.
Prayer: Dear God, we thank you for seeing beyond our prayers and using negative circumstances in our lives to bring about a greater good. Amen.
Prayer Focus: DERMATOLOGISTS
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