Devotional for Wednesday June 8, 2022
Trials want you to fail, to decline, but Christ holds your hand once more; He doesn't get tired, He never does, He loves you above all else. When you forgot to water your garden, He watered it for you, nourished your faith with His love and sprinkled the beauty of His holiness on your body, made you a temple of his Holy Spirit and taught you to walk on water. But these tests will never stop haunting you. I remember a little boy who was bullied at school by a bigger boy. The more he avoided the bully, the more he was bothered. Until he realized that the solution was not to ignore the bully, but to confront him and to react differently than what expected. Giving him his time, he learned to deal with it and to make the best of that disturbing situation. The apparent enemy became an instrument in molding his character. This is what happens when our Christian life is tested. We forget that our Lord is not going to allow a test to destroy us, but He will let them continue until we are molded and strengthened by them. Trials will come to make us more like Him, to fill us with the Holy Spirit and build our soul.
Written by Roberto Guerra,
Translated by Maria Elena Cardona
Morning James 1:12-18
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Noon Psalm 68:1-10
1 Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.
2 As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.
5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.
6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:
8 The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9 Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.
10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.
Prayer Guide: [Cuba-Matanzas Localidad] and [Cuba-El Mambí]
This month's challenge is: Think before you judge or act.
Ask yourself at all times: how would I want to be treated if I were in that condition? Always remember Jesus' advice: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged: condemn not, and you will not be condemned: forgive, and you will be forgiven."