Isaiah 53:3-9 (NIV)

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.  9 He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.   

Isaiah 53:3 (NIV)

3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows,and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.   

DEVOTION – James C. Hendrix (Indiana)

Albert looked helpless as he lay on the hospital bed.  A formerly energetic 50-year-old business owner and community leader, Albert now faced one of the most difficult challenges of his life.  One year earlier, Albert’s doctors had told him that he had incurable cancer.  He underwent a series of treatments that often left him feeling weak and unable to work.  In spite of great suffering and financial loss, Albert, he managed to smile as he spoke of God’s goodness and grace.

We may never experience an illness as serious as Albert’s, but all of us encounter difficult situations at some point.  Albert’s example showed me that as Christians, we can find comfort in knowing that Christ understands our suffering because he endured humiliation, persecution, and pain during his time on earth.

Today, Christ shares our pain and suffering and invites us to rest safely in his arms.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God comforts us in our suffering.

PRAYER: Dear Father, strengthen and comfort us during our times of suffering.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: PEOPLE WITH INCURABLE DISEASES

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