Devotional 12/23

We have small troubles for a while now, but these troubles are helping us gain an eternal glory. That eternal glory is much greater than our troubles. 2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17

This too shall pass.

The Bible says that God uses trials to increase our faith, build our endurance and persistence. It’s not easy, but maybe it’s not supposed to be. Maybe it’s supposed to make us stronger, braver, more humble, more teachable, more patient, more grateful!

Life is hard! It seems like everyone is going through some kind of process of suffering and affliction. I have loved ones battling disease, debt, depression, heartbreak, unemployment, regret and so much more. It is normal to be concerned with what we can see, and be unable to see further.

God allows us to suffer with a purpose: to get something out of us, and to work something in us and for our lives. We are being perfected each and every day, and the fruit of our character reflects into our lives. It is only a process: it will pass! What we experience lasts only a while, but what He works in us, lasts forever.

The Lord is not doing us wrong, He’s actually working every detail into something good. These moments are opportunities for trust, learning, searching and growth. It’s usually a painful and humbling experience to have no control over what happens! And as sad as we can be, God knows we can handle this.

The Father wants us to encourage ourselves, and be strong for ourselves and for others. When we look back at our processes, we see how strong we were in the moment. It’s only a matter of time!

Let’s pray:

Lord God you are with us! You are our comforter and our healer. Thank you for reminding us that each process is only a matter of time! Help us see that you are using these afflictions to help us grow, bond, support and even pray for each other. Help us believe that each process has an expiration date. I pray for deliverance, including healing and transformation. In Jesus name, Amen.

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