After some time of procrastination, I finally subscribed to TGIF to receive daily devotionals that spiritually feeds Christian workers in the marketplace after being seconded to a day job (boo). This article in particular really spoke to me when I read it and it still speaks to me even as I re-read it.
Today God Is First.
I really like the ring to that. I like waking up and knowing that God made the day and in His grace, allowed for another beautiful day to start.
In particular, what spoke to me through this article was about healing from affliction. There are times when I wonder whether I was ever completely healed. There are times also when I go back there and blame (and thank) God for whatever happened.
“God does not waste our afflictions if we allow Him the freedom to complete the work in us. His desire is to create virtue that remains during the times of testing so that He can bring us into the place of fruitfulness in the very area of our testing. He has never promised to keep us from entering the valleys of testing, but He has promised to make us fruitful in them. He is the God who turns the Valley of Achor (trouble) into a door of hope (see Hos. 2:15).”
I’ve been feeling rather dried out for a while. This reminds me that our God is a God that is faithful to His promises, and He’s the only one who CAN make promises that sticks.
And today is a day where I just want to write and not have to bother about structure of my blog entry. I’d really like to encourage other works in the marketplace to subscribe to the devotions too. 🙂