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Daily Devotionals

Day 28 – Issue 21

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Be Still Know

1 Samuel 1:17 NLT

“In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.”

When Katey and I struggled with childlessness, we assumed that our prayers would be answered through conceiving our own baby. God had heard our prayer but the road to parenting would be complicated. First, a second tragic event brought Jayne to live in our extended household. Abandoned by her husband while pregnant, she was homeless and struggling. We shared a shattered dream experience. Hearing anything constructive from God was difficult for each of us, and yet the extended household offered each of us hope and opportunity.
When the birth came it was by emergency caesarean, and both Katey and I had the privilege of holding a new baby minutes after birth. At age 7, this child then asked me if I would be her “real daddy”, as she put it. How the children lead us in the ways of God!

I was adopted rather than me, the mature adult, doing the adopting. In a beautiful way, without removing the pain, rejection and insecurity each of us had experienced, God responded to our prayer in a unique way. We were family, as firm as any family might be, and we have never loosened the love or the hold we have on each other.

Sometimes to discover God’s gift in our life, we must go by way of dispossession. Clinging to our assumptions and demands merely obscures God. At times such assumptions and the pain that surrounds us deafens us to the still small voice that is God. This is the benefit of listening alongside another; one with no agenda and who freely admits they have no solutions for us, yet whose ears may be better attuned to discern the questions God places before us.

QUESTION: Who can help you discern the purposes of God in your life?

PRAYER: Lord, when I see that your ways are not my ways, help me to trust in you.

Written by: Matt Weet

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