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Weekly Devotion: You Are My Refuge in the Day of Disaster, Jeremiah 17:17
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Proverbs 3:17 (NIV)

17 Her ways are pleasant ways,

and all her paths are peace.

Some months ago, I sent the View a devotional during which I mentioned the “Prosperity Doctrine,” an argument advanced by some ministers, decades ago, suggesting that if one became a Christian, a Christ follower, life moving forward would be a bed of roses sans pain, difficulties, financial challenges as if we could escape trials and tribulations.

But the path of the Christ follower is not always bright, carefree, and without challenges. There are periods of both darkness and storm. In other words, life happens. During that period of time, the first thing to remember is that it is a season and will not endure forever. And, why must it occur?

We cannot grow in spiritual maturity, our faith, or our hunger to follow the Master without winds and cloudy skies over the wilderness. We cannot strengthen our muscles or enhance our resilience except in the face of challenge. One might be tempted to say, “This would not happen to me if God truly loved me.” Consider instead, “This would not happen to me unless God was certain I could endure, spend time with Him in prayer, and finish the season stronger than ever.”

Finally, we need the ill winds to tear off our rotten branches of self-reliance, pride and arrogance. We need to wander in the wilderness from time to time to root us more firmly in Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

There is a contemporary Christian band that poses the question, “Can you praise Him in the storm?” Well, can you?

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