Daily Devotions

This is Our Moment

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And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)

It is still so strange, living in the days of the Coronavirus. This is a moment in time when we will see either the best or the worst in each other. Last night I was lying in bed praying and just thanking God for the blessing of having a lifelong relationship with the Almighty One. This is a scary time for those of us with faith. Just imagine those who have nowhere to turn and without a belief in a God who remains in control of our sick world. It must be devastating.

Even if/when the Coronavirus gets significantly worse, it is important to remember that God’s hand is in the healing process. It is important to remember that God is not using this virus to attack humanity with vengeance. With free will, creation has the ability to occasionally run amuck, with viruses forming from bats; but in these moments, God steps forward and gives us the strength to endure and overcome.

You will hear a few voices from those without faith claiming that our suffering is another example of why God doesn’t exist. If God did intervene and keep us in perfect harmony, those same few would claim God is nothing more than a puppet master, and we are the ones on strings. Having faith is trusting that God will guide us through this time.

Today, reflect on how difficult this situation is, but how much harder it would be if we had to go through this time without God’s care. People will watch and judge the faithful on the way we respond to this crisis. Will we endure with trust, or curse God? Will we hoard items and worry only about ourselves, or intentionally take just enough? Believing in God makes these answers easier. Keep praying and trusting the one who created us, redeemed us, and sustains us with endurance.

From Discomfort to Transformation

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For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

If you do not believe in yourself, you will be no good to anyone else, or to God. The negative society we live in makes it ever more difficult to find wholeness. Yet, according to Brianna Wiest, in her article, “How to Free Yourself From Limiting Beliefs,” “Your brain is a self-validating mechanism. It goes out of its way to find evidence to support whatever it wants to believe is true.” This self-validating mechanism helps us make sense of our world. Some of these mechanisms are true, while others are more illusory.

Wiest continues by sharing that, “Discomfort is always the cue for transformation.” When there is an aspect of our life that is uncomfortable, rather than bemoan or make excuses, see it as an opportunity to seek necessary change. God often allows uncomfortable moments to take place in our lives, in order to force necessary change.

Wiest challenges us when she says, “You’ll need to decide whether or not to create your future or be a victim forever.” My daughter interviewed a woman from Family Promise and documented her progress from homelessness, to getting a job, and a new home. This woman had so many challenges that would victimize most people – but not her. She has a child and she found a way to keep her safe. It has been several years since my daughter’s interview and the woman and her daughter are doing well. She has a good job, a nice place to live, and her daughter is doing well. She is an inspiration.

Family Promise and Westminster were the safety net for this mother and her daughter. Yet, it was not Family Promise or Westminster who should get all the credit. No, it was this woman’s belief in herself and her daughter that gave her the courage to keep moving forward. Rather than wilt under the discomfort, she was transformed. In moments of struggle in your life, trust yourself, because God is working through you to make lasting positive change.

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