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A Millisecond Mindset
Theme of the Week: God Weaves Purpose into Our Pain
Friday, September 12, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: These little troubles are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles seem like nothing. (2 Corinthians 4:17, CEV)

Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 4:8-18

Is it possible that the wonder of heaven will make the most difficult life a good bargain? This was Paul's opinion [in today's Key Bible Verse].

Suppose I invited you to experience the day of your dreams. Twenty-four hours on an island paradise with your favorite people, food, and activities. The only stipulation: one millisecond of discomfort. For reasons I choose not to explain, you will need to begin the day with the millisecond of distress.

Would you accept my offer? I think you would. A split second is nothing compared to 24 hours. On God's clock you're in the middle of your millisecond. Compared to eternity, what is 70, 80, 90 years? Just a vapor. Just a finger snap compared to heaven.

Your pain won't last forever, but you will. "Whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has in store for us" (Rom. 8:18, Phillips).

What is coming will make sense of what is happening now. Let God finish his work. Let the composer complete his symphony. The forecast is simple. Good days. Bad days. But God is in all days. He is the Lord of the famine and the feast, and he uses both to accomplish his will.

—Max Lucado in You'll Get Through This

My Response: How do difficulties and struggles prepare me for heaven? As I go through painful struggles, what is the best way for me to partner with God and his plan for my life?

Thought to Apply: Jesus did not come to explain away our suffering or remove it. He came to fill it with his presence.—Paul Claudel (French poet, dramatist, diplomat)

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.

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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Curt Schleicher

September 12, 2014  10:08am

The best way for me to partner with God is through lifting my concerns to Him in daily prayer. Struggles and difficulties prepare me for heaven in that they build my perseverance--- the ability to stand strong against outrageous odds knowing that God is their with me.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

September 12, 2014  6:46am

Amen, to fill it with His presence. Beautiful. I can live through anything knowing this is true. His presence is felt when asked to be strong... Thanks M.O.I.

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