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Friday, January 22, 2010

Devotional Friday


Today's devotional is by Pastor George Hopper from The Baptist Church of Northville.

Many christians have had trials, some severe, come into their life and the questions that come from these trials have led some on a road away from their Heavenly FATHER.
The royal ceremony that confers knighthood is one in which the king or queen strikes the subject ,while kneeling, with the flat side of the sword. The person gladly takes the stinging strike, knowing he will rise to his feet a knight.
Sometimes the "trials" that come our way from GOD are meant to make us better servants and sons. Psalm 119:17 is a verse in which David readily admits," It is good that I have been afflicted, that I might learn thy statutes." Actually, this group of verses, 65-72, remind us that we can learn from all situations we meet if we realize GOD is working in us to make us better. Apple trees must be pruned regularly to continue to produce good fruit. The pruning involves "hurting" the tree, but the result is better than if the pruning had not taken place.
I look back on my life, and there has been much pruning by GOD. Most of it was not pleasant, I did not like it when it was happening! However, time has allowed me to reflect and I know that I am better for having gone through the rough times. My faith is more grounded as a result.

Where are you in your walk with GOD? Having tough times? Ask GOD to give you the strength to endure and be stronger for HIM as a result!


Tonya said...

I have a hard time remembering my trials this way. I usually think they are a punishment. Something I shouldn't have done or should be doing. I need to really let this devotion sink into my brain!

marybeth mills said...

I have a difficult time with this as well,I really need to rest on God's promises and leave my trials in his hands.Praising him through my difficult times,and asking him to teach me through his word what he'd have me to do.

Shelby said...

I have a difficult time...I always thought because I got hurt, God didn't want me to do anything, but my mom said today that God loves me and doesn't want me to get hurt reakky bad, so these hurts might just be minor to what I would have faced if I hadn't gotten hurt.

Trina Darling said...

My mother has always told me that I need to thank God for everything that happens, ESPECIALLY the bad stuff. She says that I don't have to FEEL thankful, but I need to thank God for the bad, knowing that He DOES have a good plan for me. Great devotional, PG!

Tonya said...

Isn't it sooo hard to be thankful in the "bad times". What a test for your heart and soul and faith!

sartinjohn said...

I to have a hard time remembering the hard times. I love that God is always there threw the good times and the bad times. Lord, help me to remember you more, and help me to thank you in all things. The bad times can ether make us or brake us. Lord MAKE me a servent after your own heart.

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