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This morning’s devotional falls right in line with what was preached last Sunday and if any of you have not been blessed with the sermon from Judges 3:7-31 you must be sure to pick up a copy of the cd, it will surely strengthen you in the Lord.
Even Moses, one of God’s most faithful servants asked the question “why I am being put through these trials.” After being tasked by the Lord to bring the children of Israel out of bondage and witnessing firsthand the miracles of God, he was having a hard time with the trial he was being faced with. I think we all can relate to Moses and at time wonder “why me”. But there is a blessing with each trial and a cloud of grace that surrounds us for it is God who is glorified through our trials. “The Lord afflicts His servants to glorify Himself, for He is greatly glorified in the graces of His people, which are His own handiwork.” We know that God chastens and disciplines the ones He loves (Hebrews 12:3-11) for if we do not receive any correction from above when we are continuing to live in sin, the question must be asked if we are one of His at all. I have personally experienced severe correction from the Lord which was painful, embarrassing and sorrowful. But without that correction I would have wickedness in my life that would have eventually lead to destruction as all sin does. It is a glorious thing when you come out the other side and you are confident that Christ Jesus holds you firm in His righteous right hand. Are you going through a hard trial now? Pray and ask the Lord for His counsel, seek His face and know that you will He will see you through the fire refined like pure iron.
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes – Psalms 119:71
I feel that a very fundamental and crucial point that is brought up for this evening is what type of God we put our trust in, that is if we put any trust in Him at all. If you have put your faith in Christ and Him crucified on the cross than the Christian answer to who we trust must be “I trust in Him”. But we also must expand on what that exactly that means and how it should affect each one of our lives in practical day to day living. “It is a triune God” Spurgeon writes that we must put our trust in. Would any one of you sit down on a stool knowing that it only had two legs when there should be three? Of course not! And this is how it must be with the blessed trinity; we must put our trust equally and fully into the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Father: “You will guide me with Your counsel”– Psalm 73:24a. He has chosen us, corrects us and guides us.
Son: “being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth [as] a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed” Romans 3:24-25. He has taken away all of our sins, saved us from the wrath of God and eternal damnation, makes intercession for us and has justified us.
Holy Spirit: “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” – John 14:26. He comforts our despondencies, helps us in our weakness, strengthens us with wisdom and lives within us so that He may be glorified through us.
Dear Christian, know that the word of God is true and pure, cast all of your worries onto Him for He will never fail you.