Finding Good ~ Sunday Devotional
Who likes to endure struggle, pain, and hardship?
I’m not raising my hand.
When you’re right in the middle of affliction of any kind, it can be difficult to see good. And many times, it remains difficult to see the good even on the other side.
In the following passage, the psalmist declares that his struggle was good.
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” Psalm 119:71 (NIV)
This verse makes me think of my own weight loss and body image struggles. Without a doubt, this is what brought me to my knees…in the best of ways.
My struggle might sound minor compared to all the pain and hardship people have experienced, but this affliction, if you will, started at a very young age and lasted many years.
I don’t know how many tears I cried asking for this struggle and constant worry to go away. I didn’t want to essentially fight with myself about how I looked.
My heart’s desire was to feel good in my skin and to not worry about my weight.
Once I finally allowed God to set me free, I was able to see the purpose in that struggle.
He didn’t make this affliction happen but He allowed it.
Because of my struggle with weight and body image, not only did I learn how to live a healthy life in the way I eat and move but I also have been given the opportunity to help other women find their own freedom from these struggles.
Instead of resenting an affliction you’ve experienced, how can you look at it and find good?
How is God using it in your life and/or the lives of others?
Is it time for you to view the affliction in light of God’s Word and how it can draw you and others closer to Him?
I pray that I am a good steward with my experiences, and I pray that you will be too.
His ultimate goal is that you and I know Him more.
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