Wednesday is for Prayer
My wife sent me this devotional for a day when I was too busy to write for the blog but wanted to encourage people from the word. It come from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by the Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
John 17:15 (ESV)
“I do not ask that you take them
out of the world,
but that you keep them from the evil one.”
God’s way is not to take us out of the difficulties and trials, not to avoid them.
His way is to enable us and to strengthen us, so that we can go through them with heads erect and undefeated, more than conquerors in them and over them. And that is a wonderful thing.
We must never grumble at our lot, nor ask doubting questions. [Precisely our greatest struggle.] We must rather believe that there is always a purpose in these trials, if we can but see it; we must believe that God has laid this thing upon us and that He has left us in this situation in order that we may show forth His glory. The disciples were left in the world to do that, and you and I can be certain that whatever we may be passing through at this moment is a part of God’s plan and purpose for us to show forth His glory.
The world may not recognize you; it may ignore and dismiss you, and others may get all they want from the world. Do not worry about it. The saints have experienced the same thing, and Christ knew something similar: “Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!” (Luke 6:26). All is well—you are fulfilling the glory of God even as you go through a trial. Paul came to see that about his thorn in the flesh. “All right, God,” he says in effect, “I asked You three times to remove it, but You are leaving it. I see now that Your glory is going to be shown through me. Very well, I will glory in this infirmity. I will stop asking You to take it away. It is really when I am weak that Your power is made manifest in me and through me.” So we must never grumble. We must gladly accept what He allows and remember that we are fulfilling the glory of God.
A Thought to Ponder
We must never grumble at our lot, nor ask doubting questions.
From Martin Lloyd-Jones, Safe in the World: The Assurance of Salvation, pp. 155-156.
“Lord Jesus, help me to remember that you want me in the world with all of its sorrow and brokenness. You have sent us into the world to walk with and to endure the same conflict of suffering that those around us suffer. It is in suffering well, with you as our source and goal, with you as our North star, the one for whom we endure all things, that we prove to the world that you are real and a friend of sinners. Help me to not complain at my suffering or grumble under the disappointments of life, but to receive from you and learn from every trial what you would have me learn. Open my eyes Lord so that I might not only live for your glory but see it as well. From under the blood you shed for me, I ask it. Amen.”