Thursday, July 30, 2009

The End Justifies the Means

“After you have suffered a little while, The God of all grace…will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10)

In his words above, the apostle Peter points us to suffering as the means used by God to strengthen and establish our faith. Notice that the blessings of restoration, confirmation, and strength are received “after you have suffered a little while”.

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if no rough winds pass over us.” The gnarled roots and twisted branches of an oak tree tell a story about the many storms it has been through. They also indicate how deep the roots have forced their way into the ground. So the Christian is made strong and firmly rooted by all the trials and storms of life.

Don’t shrink from the winds of trial. Seek God in prayer, and take comfort in knowing that He is using the present means of difficulty to bring about a blessed end.

Daily Prayer Focus

Aug. 1 - Pastor’s Families
Aug. 2 - Sunday School Teachers
Aug. 3 - Foster Homes
Aug. 4 - Missions Ministry Team
Aug. 5 - Family Night Programs
Aug. 6 - New School Year
Aug. 7 - Missions to Europe
Aug. 8 - Unity in Churches

Prayer Requests
  • A Sister in Christ - Lora
  • Pearson Martin - Shands J'ville
  • Davis Wallace
  • Bill Jones

By Marian Monk

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