I can always count on God to give me writing material. He usually allows me to live the devotions I’m writing. I wasn’t too thrilled to hear this series is about opposition, regrets and struggles. In the last 24 hours, my son burned most of the inside of his right hand on his tractor muffler and was taken to Urgent Care. Then I messed up my song while leading worship. Afterwards, my daughter developed a stomach virus. After taking care of my children all night, I am exhausted. Trying? Yes. But I know God uses trials to purify and strengthen our faith, and to develop perseverance. Through it, we are humbled and made completely dependent on Jesus… Healer, Forgiver, Security, Provider, Peace… Almighty God! With difficulty, I always think, “This could be a lot worse,” or “Rivera, there are people who have worse problems than you do.” So, thank you, Jesus, for this lesson in overcoming opposition. Through it, I’m learning to trust You more and empathize with others’ sufferings.
Cove Church devotions by Rivera Douthit for series Path of Least Resistance, Week 2, Day 4