Daily Devotionals by Ardith Keef


       Rich, ripe, undiluted pain!  How could the apostle Paul possibly have meant it when he said:
          "So, for the sake of Christ, I am well pleased and take pleasure in infirmities, insults, hardships, persecutions, perplexities and distresses....."
                                                                     IICor. 12:10
      He could say this because he had already decided that he would learn to relish the battle. It was a decision. He committed himself to a direction, and he simply decided to agree with God instead of crabbing about the uncomfortable and the unknown.
      I want to serve the Master in that way. It is my choice. I can answer the call to battle, or I can flap and squawk and get lots of attention over things that don't count.
     What ever the cost, I want my mouth to line up with the Word of God. The mature believer doesn't call the things that befall him good things or bad things. He simply labels them all equally - happenings allowed by his God for his good.


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