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Day 9: November 22, 2021

Read: Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. – Isaiah 53:4

Respond: I praise You Father for Jesus, the One who bore all my sins and sorrows on the Cross. He was led  like a lamb to the slaughter even though He was guiltless. I was the one who put Him there. My sins caused His suffering and pain. Thank You, Jesus, that You took the agony that was mine and in love gave Yourself for me. You were afflicted so that I didn’t have to be. You made a way when there was no  way. You paved a way for me to approach a holy and righteous God. Glory to the Lamb that was slain. Blessing and honor and power belong to You. I worship You today.

Read: So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day  by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things  that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 

Respond: Thank You for the unseen blessings that I get a glimpse of every time I go through hardship or trial. Thank You for the renewal that comes day by day as I trust You with my afflictions and difficulties. Your glory and the glory of heaven stored up for me is unfathomable. It is beyond comparison. I praise  You for the eternal perspective that You are teaching me to have. I thank You for the lessons I have learned and am learning in the deep waters of difficulty and even despair. They are priceless lessons that are taught out of Your unfailing love for me. Blessed be the name of the Lord, who was and is and is to come. You are worthy, Lord.

Take time today to pray and reflect on what the Lord is teaching you in the difficulties of life. Praise and  thank Him for this opportunity to build your faith.

Further Scripture Reading Today:
Genesis 50:17-20, Psalm 66:6-12, Isaiah 46:9-10, Isaiah 63:9
Prayer Focus: Father, may You be our greatest treasure and joy.


Devotions inspired by Ruth Myers, 31 Days of Praise; Meyers, Ruth. 31 Days of Praise. Sister, OR: Multnomah Publishers, Inc. 1997
© Warren Baptist Church, 2020. Dr. David H. McKinley, Pastor-teacher. Jacqueline C. Heider, Writer. Used with permission.