Thursday, February 14, 2013
This is a devotional by Julie Clinton.
The Hidden Strength of Pain
"Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to sizeóabuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." 2 Corinthians 12:10 MSG
God is not wasting the pain in your life. He never wastes a wound. Heís healing you at this very moment and using that pain to show you a dream bigger than you realize. But you need to trust Him. When you trust, you allow room for hope.
When we are in the deep, deep valley we must hold on to the assurance that God stands firm and strong behind us. Nothing we experience will be wasted. It will all be used for our goodóto make us stronger, to make us walk closer to Him, to give us a more loving heart. In our greatest pain we need to lean greatly on God. Heís using our weakness to do His work in and through us, building trust, so that His dream for each of our lives can become a reality.
We rarely understand how God is using pain in our lives to refine us. Sometimes through the tears we canít see anything, much less understand. But just because we donít understand the pain doesnít mean Heís not using it. He is. Itís part of His plan and purpose. Trust Him.
Dear God. Some days I donít know how I will get through the day with the pain and hurt I have to face. Let me feel your presence, Lord, to trust and relax. Let me fall into your everlasting arms, giving you control as I feel your strength. Amen.
Bible Readings for the Week Ahead:
Monday: II Corinthians 12:10; Colossians 1:10-12
Tuesday: Isaiah 41:10
Wednesday: Daniel 10:19
Thursday: Ephesians 3:16, 17
Friday: Ephesians 6:10
Saturday: Ephesians 6:13
Sunday: Philippians 4:13