WRITING A DEVOTIONAL
WRITING A DEVOTIONAL
Back in 2003 after having spent the year before reading Sarah Ban Breathnach's book "Simple Abundance" I took her suggestion to heart and wrote my own daily devotional. Each day I took a line or two from one of the various spiritual authors from the last three centuries I was reading and wrote my own thoughts on the subject. I then looked for a scripture that illustrated the truth that had been revealed to me. What follows is the result.
"Our greatest bondage is to have our own way; our greatest freedom is to let God have His way." Warren Wiersbe
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
“What do we mean by the comfort God gives?....is it an honest and genuine comfort that enfolds life’s trials and pains in an all-embracing peace? With all my heart I believe it is...” Hannah Whitall Smith, God is Enough, 10/27
The words “comfort” and “comfortable” don’t hold the same meanings for me even though the dictionary would beg to differ. When I think of being comfortable I think “free from any bother” whether it be mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual. In fact it conjures up images of being lazy---how many times have I’ve gotten comfortable with the way something was to the point of not bothering to do what needed to be done? So when I hear words like “comfort” connected with God I don’t always let the real meaning of the word sink in. What I’m learning is that it is OK to be comfortable in the midst of the hard places in life if God is the source of your comfort. When He isn’t the source, then it means you’ve gone outside His will to find your comfort. This will always backfire. It is a temporary comfort that serves to lull you into complacency. This reminder is not only a comfort to me, but also will be a source of compassion when I see others attempting to make themselves comfortable in difficult circumstances. Rather than be angry with them for seemingly ignoring their problems, instead I will pray that they will turn to God instead to receive their comfort.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4