WOUNDS – WEEK FIVE
Peace in a Pressured World Devotional Guide

“If we are ever going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed – you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed.” 
– Oswald Chambers

The wounds we experience in life are painful. In December of 2013, my wife and I experienced the first major wound of our life together when we discovered our 17-month old son, Bennett, had a very aggressive cancer. The next four months were a long and hard journey. We fought on our knees and saw God bring more people to join us than we ever thought possible. And still…our son passed away. Like most wounds do, this one left us with many questions. What if we had found it earlier? What if we had made it to that next drug trial? How did the tumor begin to grow in the first place?

What we learned in our first year of grief was that the answers to our questions don’t bring comfort. Only the presence of the Lord can do that.

Several months after our son passed away, I injured my shoulder. As I worked to get it fixed, I marveled at how closely my physical healing mirrored my grief. Just like physical therapy helps us recover from wounds to our body, grief is the process God uses to strengthen our soul once again. What we learned in our first year of grief was that the answers to our questions don’t bring comfort. Only the presence of the Lord can do that.

This is what David discovered through the course of his life as well. Psalm 23:5 tells us David experienced deep fellowship with God, even when surrounded by his enemies. He describes the comfort of God’s presence and says, “My cup overflows.” My family still walks through grief today…but we don’t walk alone. There are days when the grief seems to surround us like an enemy. But we also have discovered that in the presence of the Lord, comfort can coexist with chaos. As you read this week, may the presence of the Lord comfort your wounds and fill your cup to overflowing. [Ben Coleman, Pastor of Young Adults]

 

REMEMBER

As you read a verse or a passage, ask and answer the following four questions.

  1. What does the passage say about God?
  2. What does the passage say about Man?
  3. Are there any examples to follow?
  4. Are there any commands to obey or a sin to avoid?

After each day’s Scripture reading you’ll notice a section that begins with “I Will….” That’s included to help you with Question 4 as you consider your personal steps of obedience based on what you’ve read and learned. Then pray your commitment back to God.

Day 1- Psalms 62:1-2 (NIV)

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

I will…
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Day 2- Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

I will…
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Day 3- James 1:2-4 (NIV)

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I will…
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Day 4- Daniel 3:8-18 (NIV)

At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.” Furious with rage, Nebuchadnezzar summoned Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. So these men were brought before the king, and Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the image of gold I have set up? Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

I will…
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Day 5- Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I will…
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