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Devotions for Life

Triumphs Through Trials

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds . . . ~ James 1:2
READING: James 1:2-6
Trials are an integral part of our ministry journey. They can become a tossing wind against us or a blessing that strengthens our walk with God. It was a tossing wind for Elijah who said, “I have had enough, Lord” (I Kings 19:4). But trials were a blessing for Paul who responded, “. . . I am ready, not only to be bound, but also to die” (Acts 21:13). Two noteworthy responses from two strong men of God as they encountered times of trial!  


Completely Restored

Ezekiel 40:1-4

On April 28, during the twenty-fifth year of our captivity—fourteen years after the fall of Jerusalem—the LORD took hold of me. In a vision from God he took me to the land of Israel and
set me down on a very high mountain.
From there I could see toward the south what appeared to be a city. As he brought me nearer,
I saw a man whose face shone like bronze standing beside a gateway entrance. He was holding
in his hand a linen measuring cord and a measuring rod. He said to me, “Son of man, watch and listen. Pay close attention to everything I show you. You have been brought here so I can show you many things. Then you will return to the people of Israel and tell them everything you have seen.” (Ezekiel 40:1-4)


Finding Favor In The Eyes Of The Lord

One of the most exciting expressions in the Bible is the above caption. It was said that
“Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD” (Gen. 6:8).
When one wished to obtain a favor from a king, a person would show his humble submission
by saying, “if I have found favor in your sight, O King, if it pleases the King to grant my
request. may the king” do such and such (Est. 5:8), and that was his wife.   It is said of Mary
that she found favor with God, Lk. 1:30. It is even said of Jesus (Lk. 2:52).