DAY 1 - God Is Bigger Than Your Worldly Troubles

“I 
have 
told 
you 
these 
things, 
so 
that 
in 
me 
you 
may 
have 
peace. 
In 
this 
 world 
you 
will 
have 
trouble. 
But 
take 
heart! 
I 
have 
overcome 
the 
world.” John 16:33

Have 
you 
ever 
stopped 
to 
think 
how 
different 
life 
would 
be 
if 
we 
were 
 still 
living 
in 
Eden? 
No 
broken 
relationships. 
No 
difficult 
pregnancies. 
 No 
squabbles 
with 
spouses. 
No 
financial 
woes. 
No 
cancer. 
No 
feeling 
 far 
away 
from 
God. 
(And 
this 
list 
doesn’t 
even 
begin 
to 
scratch 
the 
 surface!)

Instead 
we 
live 
in 
a 
world 
marred 
by 
the 
effects 
of 
sin. 
We 
daily 
face 
all 
 kinds 
of 
pain, 
trouble, 
suffering, 
weeping, 
loss 
and 
despair.

The 
temptation 
is 
to 
blame 
our 
woes 
on 
God, 
but 
let’s 
be 
honest: 
The 
 human 
race 
did 
this 
to 
itself. 
All 
God 
ever 
did 
was 
love 
us, 
and—when 
 we 
rebelled—implement 
a 
plan 
to 
rescue 
us.

The 
promise 
above—a 
statement 
by 
Jesus 
to 
his 
followers—is 
a 
sobering 
 assessment 
of 
the 
way 
things 
are. 
But 
it 
is 
also 
a 
hopeful 
reminder 
of 
 the 
once 
and 
future 
Paradise 
for 
which 
we 
were 
created.

In 
light 
of 
such 
truth, 
author 
Elisabeth 
Elliot 
counsels 
us: 
“Refuse 
self- pity. 
Refuse 
it 
absolutely. 
It 
is 
a 
deadly 
thing 
with 
power 
to 
destroy 
you. 
 Turn 
your 
thoughts 
to 
Christ 
who 
has 
already 
carried 
your 
griefs 
and 
 sorrows.” 


God’s Promise to Me
•Trials 
and 
sorrows 
are 
part 
of 
living 
in 
a 
fallen 
world.
•I 
am 
bigger 
and 
more 
powerful 
than 
any 
worldly 
troubles 
you 
face.

My Prayer to God
Heavenly 
Father, 
trials 
and 
sorrows 
are 
a 
normal 
part 
of 
life. 
I 
don’t 
like 
 this 
truth, 
but 
it 
reminds 
me 
of 
my 
need 
for 
you, 
God. 
I 
can 
take 
heart 
in 
 the 
fact 
that 
you 
will 
have 
the 
final 
word. 
I 
praise 
you 
because 
you 
are 
 powerful 
and 
sovereign 
over 
my 
life—even 
the 
hard 
times. 
Always 
keep 
 me 
looking 
to 
you.

teddy allen

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