Romans 5:1-5 (CEB)

1 Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness combined with our faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We have access by faith into this grace in which we stand through him, and we boast in the hope of God’s glory. 3 But not only that! We even take pride in our problems, because we know that trouble produces endurance, 4 endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 5 This hope doesn’t put us to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (CEB)

9 He said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me.

DEVOTION – Gabriela Morales (Mexico)

Believing in God’s goodness is easy when all is going well.  However, when things are not going well, we may be more likely to doubt God.  I have come to understand that being a Christian does not mean that life will be without its ups and downs.  We have only to look at the lives of the apostles to see that their lives were far from trouble-free.

Being a follower of Christ does not mean we will be safe from accidents, indifference, injustices, or death.  The radical difference is that we will not be alone when hardships befall us.  God will see us through the challenges we face.

In even the most trying circumstances, we can give thanks to God because often in the midst of these situations we discover how close God really is.  God is with us, not to remove us from these situations but rather to help us face them.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God walks with us through all our trials.

PRAYER: Dear faithful and loving God, help us confide in you during our most difficult moments.  Amen.