Today’s promise is 2 Corinthians 1:6 NKJV:
“Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.”
One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in my walk with God is that it’s not about me. None of it. For me, it took a tumor in my sacral nerve root. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I would have never imagined myself building a worldwide ministry, or writing a book about my experience that would bless and inspire so many people. But God knew who He created me to be…and exactly how to show me. God’s faithfulness through all of the pain and fear I experienced dealing with cancer did grow my faith and draw me closer to the heart of God, but that testimony also continues to help others through very difficult times, giving them hope as well. And that is what makes it all worthwhile.
When we are born of God we receive His heart–and sometimes the process can be painful and scary. What’s important is that, as any great father, God’s heart is not set on Himself, but on His children. If we submit to this life giving heart transplant, we too will rejoice in our adversities as well as God’s comfort, knowing that it’s not about us, but about building and strengthening the Body of Christ. It’s all about growing our hearts to encompass one another.
Heavenly Father, thank You for wanting to be my Father. Please help me remember that I left myself at the Cross and was raised to new life in Christ. I want Your heart, Father. Let me be an instrument of Your love, in Jesus’ name, ever caring for my brothers and sisters selflessly. Lord, be glorified in me today! Amen.
Have a victorious day in the Lord!