Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Some time ago, a man phoned me and said, “Misfortune just handed me a lemon!”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“I got with God and together we made lemonade,” came the reply.

Misfortune comes to us with a multitude of names. It can be called an accident or an affliction, a calamity or a catastrophe, a tragedy or a trial. Sometimes they come unexpectedly, when we are least prepared. Other times they come after repeated warnings that we do not heed. They may be temporary or permanent, life threatening or life taking. A misfortune may wound us permanently and require us to work diligently to triumph over it.

God’s Word tells us that there are times when God brings misfortune into our lives as a way to test and strengthen our character. Satan will bring misfortune into our lives to get us to turn against God.

When misfortune comes into our lives, God would have it to become a stepping stone to a fortune. Fanny Crosby was a great hymn writer, but she was blind. Paul was a great servant of the Lord, but he had a thorn in the flesh. Their tests became their triumphs.

Prayer: Father, I know that whatever You bring into my life is to make me into Your likeness. May I take what You give me and use it to glorify You. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 2 Corinthians 12:1-9

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