Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - August 24, 2010

Good morning,


Our devotion for today comes from 2 Corinthians 12:10 "So because of Christ, I am pleased in weaknesses, in insults, in catastrophes, in persecutions, and in pressures, For when I am weak, then I am strong." 


Wherever you are today (Selah), think on this; we do not usually enjoy times of adversity.  However, we need to understand that if God is indeed sovereign, then He allows the adversity in our lives.  Therefore, we need to take a fresh look at these periods of hardship and try to discover what the Lord may wish to teach us during these times.


Although we may not realize it, adversity reveals what we truly think about God.  Sometimes we get angry at God for our troubles, and other times we excuse Him altogether, saying, "Oh, God had nothing to do with this."  The danger in this statement is that it detracts from God's total control over the universe.  His sovereignty means that He either causes or allows everything that happens in our lives.


Adversity also reveals what we think about ourselves.  At times, failure and heartache are necessary tools for shaping our character into a more Christlike image.  Without adversity, we would be too quick to laud our own advancements and accomplishments.  Therefore, our trials help keep our egos under control.


A final benefit of adversity is its effect on our capacity to be steadfast.  Just like a muscle, our spiritual lives grow and strengthen when put under pressure.  We must be prepared to stand up to our trials so that we can emerge with a more developed faith in God.  These lessons are not easy.  Pray for God's help in opening your eyes to the value that may be hidden in your current adversities.


Have a blessed strengthening day!


Your brother in Christ,

J. H. Flakes, III


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