When Daddy Comin?

For the past two weeks, I have been home with my family celebrating our new arrival! Since there is only so much I can do for our new baby, most of my time was spent playing with and taking Read more

Angel Tree

When I was a child, my family fully embraced the traditions of Christmas. We decorated our home with the most cherished ornaments, lights, and bows. We handmade or purchased gifts with much thought about the receiver. We made plans Read more

Begin with Jesus

The autobiography of G. Stanley Jones is titled A Song of Ascent, and it’s considered to be a spiritual classic. Jones was a great man: a missionary to India, a friend to Gandhi, a tireless world traveler, and a Read more

Weeds

Have you ever been responsible for a task you didn’t particularly enjoy? Perhaps you can relate to one homemaker who developed a unique perspective on some of her less enjoyable household duties. She said: I don't do windows because I Read more

New Each Day

Patrick Henry, whose primary contribution to the history books is the phrase "Give me liberty or give me death," made another memorable statement. He said, "I know of no way of judging the future but by the past." Repeat this before Read more

The Weight I Carry

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I Am Second | David Rodenberg

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Bi-polar. Sex addiction. Jailed. But my life was in God’s control.

Cards You’ve Been Dealt

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Read This: “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him.” (James 1: 2-5)

Think: Sometimes we look around and think everyone else has it all together. Some are better looking, come from better families, make more money, or don’t ever seem to face hardships. While it’s true that some have to deal with more pain and obstacles in life than others, everyone has a story. Suffering is a consequence of the fallen world we live in and no one gets a free pass. But we don’t have to be defined by our suffering; instead we can allow God to turn it into something beautiful.

Looking back through the Bible at our spiritual legacy is a reminder of the many men and women who glorified God through their suffering. One familiar story comes to mind—Job, a man who was targeted by Satan because of his righteousness. He lost all his children and his wealth in one day and eventually his health as well. No one had words to comfort him and his wife employed him to curse God. But instead he responded, “Should we receive what is good from God, and not also receive what is evil?” (Job 2:10). While he grieved and mourned his circumstances, he did not sin. Everyone thought he had been abandoned by God, but Job remained faithful. At the end of the book we learn that God restored to Job double what he lost. At the time Job didn’t know God would do that for him, he was faithful simply because he loved the Lord.

Read the rest of this devotional on The Skit Guys’ blog.