Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
Dear Heavenly Father, we are a world in need. We need hope, forgiveness, love. We need Jesus. Your Word tells us that Jesus is the One whose birth brings real hope, whose life inspires real love, whose death and resurrection renders us forgiven.
We confess that we often spin our wheels trying to fix things on our own, Doubting your power to effect change in our homes, our hearts, and our world. We ask for your forgiveness, and for strength to be a people who believe that you are the One with real power to save. In Jesus’ Name we pray Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
People who believe in Jesus as their Savior from sin’s penalty have much to rejoice or exult in. Romans 5:2 states the fact that Christians are to rejoice in the hope of the glory of God as mentioned in the previous devotional. Our text today teaches us to rejoice in our sufferings and why we should. We rejoice in suffering for what it produces in us. The word “suffering” describes outward and inward distress in our lives.
Suffering produces in Christians the capacity to bear up in the face of difficulty. Every believer has the capacity to handle any external or internal distress in his life. Jesus told believers to rejoice and be glad when people persecute them, insult them and do all kinds of evil to them (Matthew 5:11-12). Jesus taught believers how to live in peace when suffering the stresses of life (John 16:33). God’s word is very clear believers will have suffering while living for Christ and will endure by living according to the truth.
As believers persevere or endure suffering by living according to the truth, godly character is produced in them. As godly character is experienced, hope is produced and hope doesn’t disappoint or put believers to shame because the Holy Spirit pours God’s love into their hearts. People who have certain hope and the unfailing love of God are strong people.
Are you rejoicing in your sufferings or complaining? If you are complaining, then you do not know the value of suffering in your life. Times of internal or external distress are opportunities to put God’s word to the test and find it is true. Sufferings are opportunities to develop godly character, certain hope and experience the outpouring of God’s love by the Holy Spirit. When suffering comes into your life begin to rejoice knowing God will use the suffering to benefit you with a more certain hope and an outpouring of His love into your life. The proper response to suffering is to trust and obey the Lord. The improper response is to complain. Are you a “rejoicer” or a “complainer?”
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
- How am I to daily live?
- How am I daily living?
- What changes or growth do I need to make?