Devotion: Monday, June 11, 2018

A Biblical, Christ-filled word to bless your lives. 

Welcome to “Word from The Center” MONDAY, a devotional word from the Center of our faith, Jesus Christ, reflections from His Word. I’m Gregory Seltz. Today’s verse is from 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, where St. Paul reminds believers,

We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen (and eternal).” (2 Corinthians 4:16–18). 


One of the hardest lessons to learn as a Christian is that suffering, and trials exist in life even for those who fervently believe in Jesus. Unfortunately, many see suffering as a sign of weak faith. Others claim that suffering is proof that God is displeased with a person. Some religions even have a name for it, like “Karma,” or “Getting what’s coming to you.” I’d like to invite you today to think differently even of suffering and trials in life.

First, the believer in Jesus realizes the biblical truth that God is “for us!” whatever comes our way. Why? because of what Jesus Christ has done for us with His perfect life in our place, His justice-bearing death on the cross, and His resurrection Life offered as a grace gift to all who trust in Him. All of that is here for you NOW because of what Jesus has done, period!

So, if all is done, and all is overcome, what’s this suffering thing all about? Well, such things surely can remind us of our constant need for God’s grace for life. But such struggles can also be a way that God himself molds us as “testimonies of His Grace” to people who can’t imagine that God could ever love them at all. When people see believers with the same troubles and trials as they, but with a joy and peace that exists even there… That is a powerful testimony of God’s love for them through you. That’s one way that God fashions us for others, even as He prepares us for eternal life with Him. He makes all things beautiful in His time.

Some beautiful things are made of steel, right? Cars, silverware, tools, just to name a few. But for those beautiful things to happen “a lump of iron ore has to be violently ripped from its comfortable place in the earth, shipped to a place far away, exposed to melting heat, poured out into a mold, squeezed by rollers, smashed and pounded in a forge, subjected to electric shock to bond other metals to it and later scraped against grindstones to give it a final shape. The resulting stylish sedan, or useful screwdriver or exquisite piece of tableware could never have existed except for the difficult experiences it endured along the way.”[1] In God’s hands, with faith in the one who lived, died, and rose again for you… even suffering is a momentary struggle towards something beautiful in your life or through your life.Count on it today.

PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, I don’t always know why you allow things to happen in my life. But when they do, give me even greater faith to trust in your purposes in my life for others. AMEN.

[1] Accessed January 9, 2011.