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KNOWING GOD THROUGH ADVERSITY

Devotional for Sunday February 27, 2022


Morning Psalm 25:15-22

Noon Psalm 2

Evening Job 42:1-6


Perhaps the most valuable way we can take advantage of adversity is that it deepens our relationship with God. Through it, we learn to bow down to his sovereignty, to trust in his wisdom, and to experience the comfort of his love, until we come to the point where we can say like Job: “I had heard thee; But now my eyes see you” (Job 42:5). In adversity we begin to go from learning about God, to knowing him in an intimate and personal way. In the bible we read about men and women of God brought into a more intimate relationship with Him through adversity. There is no doubt that all the circumstances surrounding the delay in Isaac's birth and, later, the experience of taking his only son up the mountain to offer him as a sacrifice, brought Abraham into a much closer relationship with God. The Psalms are full of expressions of deep knowledge of God as when the psalmists sought him out in times of adversity. If instead of fighting God or doubting Him in times of adversity, we trust and reach out, we will be brought into a deeper relationship with God.


Written by Juan Daniel de la Vega,


Translated by Maria Elena Cardona

 

Morning Psalm 25:15-22

15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. 16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. 18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. 19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. 20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. 22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.


Noon Psalm 2

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.

5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.


Evening Job 42:1-6

1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said,

2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.

3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

 

Prayer Guide: [México-Casa Blanca] and [México-Teapa]

February's challenge: Show love, not only with words but with deeds, to your relatives, to your spiritual brothers and the neighbors. Give them flowers, make a donation when needed, write something special to them, help the needy, feed the hungry, etc. Pray for this daily.


Annual Bible reading: Joshua 3, 4, 5

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