Affliction and anquish or rejoicing

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

I will be glad and rejoice in your love,
for you saw my affliction
and knew the anguish of my soul.
(Psalms 31:7 (NIV))

There is not a person alive who is not anguished about the affliction that is theirs, for there is not a person alive who does not suffer anguish and affliction within their life. It is said that there are certain things that are universal to humanity. Love, family, desire for a better life, and many more, yet the one that seems to cause the most grief is the inward affliction over our own fate, mortality and sinful nature. This is evident in every religion within the world. This is the basis for every religion in the world.

With all of the religions in this world, what makes believers in Jesus Christ different in this respect?

No other religion is based on the premise that God saw our affliction and sent His own Son to save us.

Every other religion is based on humanity’s attempt to reach God. Christianity is based on God’s attempt to reach man.

These two simple, yet profound, statements provide the basis for our faith, the reason for our rejoicing, for we truly do have a God who loves us, a Savior willing to die for us, and a Holy Spirit who came to give us peace even in the midst of trials and tribulations. No other religion is based on the simple truth of God reaching out to His creation. God created us. We fell from grace. God provided a way for us to redeem ourselves and rest once again within His grace.

Do you rejoice in the knowledge that God saw you and made a decision to reach out to save you, or are you still lost in your affliction and anguish?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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