Desolation to Restoration

Reading in 2 Corinthians 1:1-11, Paul and Timothy are writing to the church at Corinth about God giving comfort during trials of life. Ever since original sin going back to the time of Adam and Eve, the human race has endured difficulty but because of Christ we can go from desolation to restoration.

When faced with difficulty or stress, we can go to the Lord in prayer and ask to be lifted up. God will provide the resources needed to get through anything. One resource given is scripture when poise is needed during stressful situations like talking in front of an audience, taking an exam or going through a medical procedure.

Prayer and memorized scripture give us confidence that God is actively involved in our life and circumstances. We must accept the fact that we live in a broken world and there are just so many circumstances outside our control but our confidence in God will affect our attitude today. He’s big enough to make sure the unpleasant things going on right now in our life will be worked out.

This day with You Lord, we have confidence that You will get us through anything. Just as history teaches about Jerusalem in ruins and in need of restoration, our lives can need restoration. We are thankful that Jesus restores us so we can go from a place of brokenness to a place in life full of laughter, joy, and peace. On top of that Lord, our experiences can help us comfort others who go through similar struggles. We ask for opportunities to comfort others today. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

 

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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