Daily Devotion Friday, June 28

Friday, June 28, 2013 – Psalm 130; 1 Samuel 9:1-14; Acts 7:17-29 and Luke 22:31-38

Luke 22:31-38 – 31“Simon, Simon, listen! Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, 32but I have prayed for you that your own faith may not fail;

Live long enough and some trial will come your way that will really test your faith. It might be a personal struggle. It might be some tragedy. It may be the loss of a loved one. Live long enough and …..

The trials of life can do one of two things. The trials can destroy the faith we have or the trial can purify our faith.

A lump of coal becomes a diamond through being put under extreme pressure and heat. Through this process what was once simply a black piece of coal becomes a diamond that can be cut into a clear diamond to wear on a wedding ring or on special occasions. Gold found in the mountains contain many impurities. It is only as the gold ore is purified of all impurities that it becomes truly valuable.

Don’t see the trials of life as tests of your faith but as the process by which your faith is purified.

Our text reminds us that even Peter would fail the trial he faced, yet from even his failing his faith would be purified. As we read the conclusion of Luke we’ll hear more about Peter denying Christ three times and then affirming his love for the Christ also three times.

Do you feel that you faith is being put on trial these days? Hang in there, trust in God for God will see us all through to the new day he promised his disciples and promises us.

O Lord, today I lift up all whom I know to be facing the trials of life and faith. Be with them. May you be the one to carry them in the midst of the storms of life, the one who will deliver them to the new day you promise all of us. Amen.

Psalm 130 – 1   Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
2       Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplications!

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