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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Pastor Cecil Thompson
Pastor
Cecil Thompson

Revelation 21:3-4

"And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.'"

Where are you hurting right now? It may be a physical, emotional, financial or even a spiritual pain, but I would hazard a guess that you have some sort of pain that is causing you distress. I only hope that you are not a pain!

I am not a baby when it comes to having a dentist work on my teeth. In fact I seldom have him use Novocain before drilling on a cavity. But there was an exception I can recall. While on a trip I developed a terrible pain in my jaw. I went to my dentist as soon as I returned home.

As I sat in the examining chair the dentist used his mirror as a diagnostic tool. He would tap on a tooth and ask if it hurt. Time after time I would say, "No" until he came to the infected tooth. When he tapped it I almost came out of the chair. He smiled in delight and said, "I think we found it!" I simply mumbled something—let’s just say—a little less enthusiastic.

The mirror of God’s Word is something like the dentist's mirror. It can reveal hidden recesses of decay and infection. A small tap on the affected area may produce pain and reaction, but it is all for our good.

After a drilling procedure to reveal the root canal that is infected, the dentist is able to treat it and bring relief. In like manner it is necessary for the Lord to drill deep into the root of our condition in order to heal and restore.

What does that mean to us spiritually? I think it means that Romans 8:28 applies in our life at all times: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been (the) called according to His purpose."

Do you belong to Him? Do you love Him? Do you fully believe that God has a plan and purpose for your life? (I pray that you answered "yes" to each of those questions.) If so, you need to trust in Him—even in the midst of your pain.

Instead of trying to squirm out of our painful situation—we need to praise Him for being with us during this time and bringing glory out of the gory!

Blessings dear hearts!

- - - - Pastor Cecil

 

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