“…this man is my chosen instrument…I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” Acts 9:15-16. Paul’s afflictions were a vital part of his calling as the Lord’s apostle. Realizing this, he was able to be joyful in the midst of misunderstanding and persecution. Are you being buffeted by severe trials? If […]
“Although He was a son, He learned obedience from what He suffered…” Hebrews 5:8. Christ Himself had to learn the real nature of obedience through suffering. This suggests that I as His follower must experience the same thing if I am really to know what His Lordship is all about. Such obedience will often be […]
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.” Lamentations 3:22. Many changes in our lives come from loss – a thwarted dream of success, or the death of a person we’ve deeply loved. In every loss we long for a touch of healing and hope. Jeremiah mourned the captivity of […]
“…tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character.” Romans 5:3-4. The tests of life can help us develop strong Christian character, but that does not always happen. For example, some people lose patience instead of gaining it when facing a trial. If we are committed to serving the Lord, we can expect to be tested. God uses […]
“Cause me to hear Your loving-kindness in the morning, for in You do I trust.” Psalm 143:8. Have you experienced a great loss? Don’t lose hope. Call on the Lord. Trust Him and keep listening. If you do, you will gain even from loss. God uses life’s reverses to move us forward.