Theme of the Week: Stretched by God
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 22
Steve's career has been a wild ride. After becoming the youngest store manager in the history of a national chain, he was forced out because of an internal power struggle. That was a decade ago. Since then he has bounced from one job to another, none of which has even remotely measured up to his store manager position. Steve put on a brave face and pretended he was okay with it for several years. But finally he told his wife, "I've never felt farther from God. I feel like he has abandoned me."
We can all relate, can't we? You pray and pray, but nothing changes. In fact, things often get worse, not better. You can't get your life to add up. At times like that who hasn't thought, What's going on here? If God loves me, he's got a funny way of showing it.
Let me ask you a question. Please be as honest with yourself as you can in answering it. Do you really believe that God is faithfully at work in your life today—leading you, shaping you, and remaking you into a more complete man for his glory? God has good news for you: he makes men by orchestrating even the toughest circumstances of our lives for a greater good.
—Patrick Morley in How God Makes Men
My Response: I will ponder the question from the final paragraph of this reading.
Thought to Apply: Suffering is God's surgery that leads to health when we respond by faith.—Ed Welch (counselor, writer)
Adapted from How God Makes Men by Patrick Morley (Multnomah, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, growth happens most often in times of stretching; please give me the grace to humbly submit myself to your will—even when it hurts—and let you transform me into the man you want me to be.
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