Daily Devotional – 12/13/17 “Keeping power!”

Dear person who woke up complaining,

Maybe the house was too cold but it’s even colder outside. Maybe the children’s noise woke you up but what about the child who longs to make noise but cancer took it away. Maybe you’re complaining because you have to go to work again but what about the husband who is standing on the corner wishing a contractor or just anybody needs his hands today. Maybe you aren’t were you thought you’d be but think about where you’ve come from. Maybe it’s the pain but you’re alive. See, you could be in a war-torn country where you have to walk miles to get fresh water and no medicine? Your food could be the scraps from somebody’s garbage. Your clothes could be scarce and torn, barely covering your body. You could be walking the streets out of your mind, have residual effects from the repeated drug use and liver failure from the years of alcoholism? You could be an inmate number, being labeled by the morgue’s toe tag, hooked up to a breathing machine or those cigarettes could have taken the use of your lungs but you’re here. Okay, what if you are sick, without, unhappy, this or that but when has complaining ever fixed it for you? What you got is what you got! What now?

“But it feels like God is testing me.” He might be. “The enemy won’t leave me alone.” That’s his job. James 1:2-3 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” Beloved, your endurance is tested, every now and then to ensure its keeping power can still sustain. What’s keeping power? When it feels like you are sinking yet you haven’t drowned; that’s keeping power. When you should be crying but you smile instead, that’s keeping power. When you’re still surviving on minimum wage, that’s keeping power. When you should be cursing him/her out but you pray for them, that’s keeping power. What’s keeping power? Power to keep you when you should have lost your mind. Power to keep when you shouldn’t have survive. Power to say, it is well, when you know it isn’t. Baby, this thang you’re dealing with, it’s just testing your endurance and “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:3-5”

You got this!
Signed,
God’s Messenger.

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