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Always troubling developments

In his devotional for Jan. 2, Ed Mathews reminds us of how things work in God’s kingdom:

An uncommon control. Delays, setbacks, and detours are routine in the affairs of the kingdom. Yet His cause will succeed, His Church will endure, Matthew 16:18. God knows our struggles. He cares for our situation. His plan will not fail, Joshua 21:45; 23:14; Nehemiah 9:7,8. There will always be troubling developments. Our faith will be tested. Our souls will be tried. But God is “faithful,” I Corinthians 1:9. He did not leave His Son in the grave. Neither will He abandon His people, Psalms 16:7-11.

Let’s ask God to help us be faithful in the midst of testing and troubles.

Focus question: What false hopes or unrealistic expectations cause me to be discouraged? What biblical truths will carry us through these?

What say you?

  1. Brother Ed wrote, “He will bring it (his will) to pass when He chooses, how He chooses, and through whom He chooses.” For me, I would rather be the instrument of his will as one working in his kingdom. I want to be one of those who hear, “‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,” (Matthew 25:34 NET). The alternative is not something I want to have happen: “Depart from me…” is not something I want to hear.