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Thanksgiving in Suffering – Devo Day 5

By December 1, 2023December 4th, 2023Daily Devotional

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word


James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 61
1 God, hear my cry; pay attention to my prayer.
2 I call to you from the ends of the earth
when my heart is without strength.
Lead me to a rock that is high above me,
3 for you have been a refuge for me,
a strong tower in the face of the enemy.
4 I will dwell in your tent forever
and take refuge under the shelter of your wings.Selah
5 God, you have heard my vows;
you have given a heritage
to those who fear your name.
6 Add days to the king’s life;
may his years span many generations.
7 May he sit enthroned before God forever.
Appoint faithful love and truth to guard him.
8 Then I will continually sing of your name,
fulfilling my vows day by day.

God hear my cry; pay attention to my prayer. Why would God hear you? Who are you that you could come before the eternal majestic all-powerful God and ask Him to pay attention to your prayer? Why would he hear you? He would hear you because He is God. He is love. We do not deserve and audience with Him, but He graciously grants us an audience with Him through His son Jesus Christ. Hallelujah – The Lord hears you!

SCRIPTURE READING:
Hebrews 12:1-3 – Christian Standard Bible
12 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him who endured such hostility from sinners against himself, so that you won’t grow weary and give up.

The Christian Standard Bible. Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer


  • Express thanksgiving to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for those in our church who are sick. Ask God to heal their bodies.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

Finally, the last part of our strategy… Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. You can only “fix your eyes” on one place at a time. You can look around, but you can only have one fixed direction at a time. To continually “look to Christ’ means to set your life perspective and direction on him. What does that mean? It means that you live, day by day, in line with the truth of who Jesus is. His joy was his Father’s will. Our joy, Jesus said, is also to be found in doing the will of God. The suffering of the cross was not his joy, but joy was only to be found by going to and through the cross. Unlike Jesus, you don’t have the choice to not suffer. But you do have the choice as to whether you will suffer with hope, or suffer without it. To suffer with hope means that you trust God enough to be thankful on the path he has marked out for you. You need not be thankful for every difficulty on this path, but you must be thankful that God is going to use all you endure for his glory and your ultimate good.