Theme of the Week: God Weaves Purpose into Our Pain
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. (Psalm 73:24)
Dig Deeper: Psalm 73
Forgotten destinies litter the landscape like carcasses.
[But don't ever think] you've lost it all. You haven't. "God's gifts and God's call are under full warranty—never canceled, never rescinded" (Rom. 11:29, The Message).
[Let's say] your boss finally calls you into his office. As kind as he tries to be, a layoff is a layoff. All of a sudden you are cleaning out your desk. Dread dominates your thoughts. How will I pay the bills? Who is going to hire me? But then you remember your destiny: What do I have that I cannot lose? Wait a second. I am still God's child. My life is more than this life. God will make something good out of this. I will trust him no matter what.
Bingo. You just trusted your destiny.
Try this one. Your [fiancée breaks off the engagement]. All those promises melted the moment [she met the new guy] at work. It's not easy, but you choose instead to ponder your destiny: I'm a child of God. My life is more than this life … more than this broken heart. This is God's promise, and unlike [my fiancée], God won't break a promise.
Another victory for God.
—Max Lucado in You'll Get Through This
My Response: In light of today's reading, how might I respond the next time I'm faced with devastating news?
Thought to Apply: In America, Christians pray for the burden of suffering to be lifted from their backs. In the rest of the world, Christians pray for stronger backs so they can bear their suffering.—Dave Dravecky (former professional baseball player)
Adapted from You'll Get Through This by Max Lucado (Thomas Nelson, 2013; thomasnelson.com) 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
Heavenly Father, you tell me in your Word that you can bring good out of the worst situations (Rom. 8:28) and that nothing can ever separate me from your love (Rom. 8:35-39). Help me to believe and cling to these truths and promises, especially when major disappointments and devastating news come my way.
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