January 17, 2020

Rerun from Daily Devotional January 6, 2017

I am a great preacher. If you don’t believe me, just ask me. That’s why I really resent when members of the church miss on Sunday mornings. Sermons this good don’t come around too often. But there is an exception.

Don has suffered what many would consider a catastrophic health event which as greatly limited his ability to function. He is unable to come to church on Sunday mornings or do much else.

Don sent me a letter talking about his spiritual renewal. I have his permission to share a portion of it with you. “It turns out that my physical condition has been an advantage in this regard, because I use a chest massage apparatus twice a day for 20 minutes each. During this time, I read, memorize, and recite scripture, and write scripturally related messages which are of interest to me. This is, of course, in addition to my regular devotional times, which is why my condition has contributed to my spiritual life. I am very grateful to God for all which He has blessed my family.”

While most people would bemoan a physical disability like Don’s, he has turned it into an opportunity to grow closer to God. Isn’t that wonderful?

Don’s response to his illness reminds me of Paul’s words of assurance: “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

There are times when life can be terribly hard and unfair. But in the midst of the struggles of life, God is always there. God is so powerful we believe God can and will bring good out of it.

So as you face the hardships of the day, know that God loves you more than life itself. He will bring good out of the bad.

Remember, out of the horror of the cross came the miracle of resurrection. That’s how much God loves you.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, thank you for Don’s faithful witness to your mercy and love. Strengthen my faith so that when I face trying times, I too, can turn to your love and see you at work in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I sure hope Don never writes sermons. I am pretty sure they would be much better than mine.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins