Thursday, November 15, 2018

Daily Devotion: The Strengthened Man

Bible Reading: Psalm 11

Key Verse: Verse 5 – "The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth."

Key Words: The Lord trieth the righteous

A young man was fascinated by a moth and performed a little experiment to see what would happen when it was released from its cocoon without a struggle. Using his pocketknife, he slit the enclosure, allowing the insect to emerge freely. However, it had none of the expected color, it couldn’t fly, and it soon died. As he thought about this, he concluded that the pressure exerted on an emerging moth is essential to its proper development – yes, to its very existence! He later learned that through the moth’s struggle to free itself, its body fluids are stimulated, and the luster is developed on its wings. So too for the Christian, life’s pressures can produce positive results.

A dear saint of God, almost a century old, said, “As I look back over my long life, the dealings of God that were bitterest at the time are now sweetest as I remember them and understand His purposes.” The songwriter put it like this: “When fierce temptations try my heart, I’ll sing ‘Jesus is mine!’ And so, though tears at times may start, I’m singing all the time.” Most of us must confess we find it difficult to sing in the time of sorrow, suffering, and trial. Yet, if we would understand that God has a reason for either ordering or allowing every pressure we face, rejoicing would more readily flow from our hearts.

Bitter disappointments, painful suffering, and shattering sorrow, if accepted in faith, can be a means of strengthening our character. What peace is ours when we learn to praise Him for the pressure!

What to do:
✞ Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.

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