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And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17) Pain and suffering are inevitable. As long as we are alive on this earth we will encounter pain. Most people do not like suffering nor do we like pain. There are some that inflict pain because their wounds are so deep they have become numb to the pain and desire to feel again. For others the pain is so intense they cannot find their way to solitude. More often than not…

“In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” (Job 1:22) Job had everything he could ever want. Life was good. He had a wife, children, cattle, servants, wealth, friends and health. Job loved God and God loved him.  But, in a matter of a short time, Job lost his children, cattle, most of his servants, wealth, friends and even his health. Job could have blamed God for all that he was going through, yet he did not turn his back on God. All he said was, “…the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the…

“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). New babies often bring questions like, “Who do they look like?” and “Where did that red hair come from? I’m here to remind you that the world can tell if we resemble our Heavenly Father or not. The crucible of suffering has a way of showing our real identity. Your reaction to what comes your way revels who you really are and whether or not you look like Jesus. Do you resemble Him at all?

Prayer: Lord, I want the world to recognize who my Father is. I want more of You in my life so that I reflect Your image.

Devotion by Kaye Singleton