Oftentimes I take a step back and wonder what is wrong with me. Will I ever be able to live free from anxiety and worry? Coming from a family of alcoholism, drug addiction, and co-dependency, the Lord has brought me a long way. Through counseling and pouring myself out before God in reading and prayer, I have been able to find healing in many areas.
2 Corinthians 1: 8 “For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired life itself.” I can relate to Paul’s testimony here, and it is in those times that I question why.
In John 8:50 I am reminded why – “Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.” Although it’s beyond my human understanding, I faithfully believe that God allows difficult things to happen for his Glory.
In John 9:3 Jesus answers his disciples, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” It was believed that bad things happened to those who had sinned or even were born into sin. Here Jesus shows that this is not true and that one man’s hardship is to give God the glory.
I love this. Jesus stands by us, and vouches against the world for our thorns and says it is for God’s glory – so that others would know who I am. I find this extremely encouraging.
Devotional Author: Brad Wrage