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Feeling Abandoned
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.

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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Curt Schleicher

April 29, 2014  12:30pm

When a mentor mentioned to me that "every time I read the Word of God, my reaction should be 'hey, listen up now; God's talking' ". Ever since that moment, I've had a deeper reverence toward his Voice when i enter into his presence and read his word. Oft times he tells me something i don't want to hear. However, i've found that when i listen and take the time to understand why God is doing what he's doing,even with my feeble mind, i have to admit my life is much richer for the experience. Another excellent reminder of how God works in my life. Thanks so much.

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Steve walker

April 29, 2014  8:27am

I was laid off 3 months ago and still looking so it is really hard to swallow to peaceful but I know the other alternatives are a dead end

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William Andrew Wilson

April 29, 2014  7:43am

Where is the recovery room...that would be nice

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

April 29, 2014  6:17am

Amen for that word. Right on time and priceless words. So motivating I want God doing surgery on me, so the beauty of the stretching can be seen though out me. Thank you M.O.I., Anthony

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