Job chapter 1 and 2 surveys the heartrending account of Job’s loss. First, he loses his material wealth and possessions, and then he learns that all of his children died in a desert windstorm. There are still terms that lack in our world. For instance, there is a word to describe the loss of ones parents; an orphan—there is a word to describe the loss of a spouse; a widow—but, there is not a word in the English language to describe a parent who suffers the loss of a child. Certain experiences go against the grain of normality—I cannot begin…
And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation. Hebrews 5:9 Because Jesus was perfect and without sin, I oftentimes forget that He did not live a perfect life. There was nothing perfect about His low income home, the betrayal of His family, the unfaithfulness of His friends, being sentenced to a disgraceful execution, and enduring excruciating pain as He was whipped and then nailed to a cross. His life was far from perfect. Jesus, a perfect God, lived an imperfect life. Thinking about Jesus’ victories, friendships, heartache, pain, and joy,…
God has scars too. Sometimes I forget that and try to hide mine. I often feel that I’m the only one who has known rejection, shame, and pain.
That isn’t true though. Jesus was beaten and died on a cross because He loved us. He was misunderstood, hated, and gossiped about. He was all too familiar with pain and suffering.
The Bible tells us that He was tempted by the same things that we are today. He understands when we struggle, feeling discouraged and wounded (Hebrews 4:15). Because He has been-there-done-that, we don’t have to worry about bringing our problems and concerns to Him. We know he cares and understands.
Prayer: Lord, You knew that it was like to be hungry, tired, and pressured. You walked on earth, died for our sins, and rose again so that we might have a new life. Thank you for the gift of Your love.
Devotion by Bonnie Peacock