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Lent Devotionals: Friday, April 7

A Time of Comfort

Nick Vujicic is an internationally known evangelist. He speaks to diverse groups of students, teachers, young people, business professionals and church congregations. What makes Nick different from other speakers is the fact that he was born with no arms and no legs.
Nick struggled in school where other kids bullied and rejected him. Thoughts of suicide plagued him until one day when, at the age of 15, Nick read the story in John 9 about a man being born blind; “This happened so that God’s mighty works might be displayed in him. (John 9:3b, CEB).” It was through that reading that Nick was able to look beyond his struggles and see that God can use them for even greater things.
Nick says, of his journey; “If just one more person finds eternal life in Jesus Christ… it is all worth it. (”
The apostle Paul was given a “thorn” in his side, an affliction of some kind. He prayed three times to have the thorn removed but God didn’t do so. Instead, Paul writes, “He said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9a, CEB).’” In other words, “I will give you all you need while you suffer but, in the bigger scheme of things, your suffering will serve a greater purpose; to reflect my power to others.”
Though God doesn’t always remove us from pain, heartache, and struggles, he does promise to be with us and to help us through.
As I look back on the lowest points in my life, I now see how God was with me and carried me through. Not only that, but I also see how God has used those times to allow me to connect with others struggling through similar times and perhaps provide a little bit of hope and an encouraging word to keep them going and to lean on God.
I’m certain God has, is, and will be with you through your darkest hours and I know that God will use your struggles to help others in their time of need.

May God’s grace and peace give you strength,
Pastor Scott

“I raise my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2, CEB)

Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor