August 19, 2021
Hope you are enjoying this lovely day. This morning I did food prep and went to Aldi’s, and downstairs for donuts. This afternoon Al leads our Bible study here and tonight is Women’s Bible Study at church. No time to get in trouble!
Devotions from Judy’s heart
As I see friends and family struggling with health issues my heart is saddened and I pray for God’s grace upon them. My cousin is fighting for her life right now as she has Covid and is on a respirator and has sepsis. Another friend lives in constant pain and hoping for relief through surgery. We all know so many who live with pain and wonder when and if relief will ever come. But no matter what, we must continually remember God’s grace is sufficient for all that each of us face today and every day of our lives, whether it be physical pain or difficult circumstances. We are meant to lean into the Lord and find our strength in Him.
The Apostle Paul knew what it was like to face afflictions of every kind, and he had a thorn in the flesh which he was never relieved of, and yet could say as in II Cor 4:7, & 10 (God’s Word), “Our bodies are made of clay, yet we have the treasure of the Good News in them. This shows that the superior power of this treasure belongs to God and doesn’t come from us. In every way we’re troubled, but we aren’t crushed by our troubles. We are frustrated but we don’t give up…we carry around the death of Jesus in our bodies so that the life of Jesus is also shown in our bodies.”
Our bodies contain the greatest treasure of the Gospel and though they are frail like clay, it only makes it more evident to others that our power is from God. We must never give up even when we feel we are at the end of our rope, for we are children of hope. Our bodies may be weak but God works through them to spread the Good News and share His love. Even in our humiliations, He uses them to display His power and presence. Our trials will not last forever! Let us not focus on our pain but on the great treasure He has put within us, and remember one day our suffering will be over and we have an eternity with Him.
Challenge for today: Give all your struggles to the Lord and ask that others will see God at work in your life.
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy