May 11: Our Future Glory
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We live in a world in which we will do almost anything to escape from suffering. Pastor and author Peter Scazzero writes in Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, “In our culture, addiction has become the most common way to deal with pain. We watch television incessantly. We keep busy, running from one activity to another. We work seventy hours a week, indulge in pornography, overeat, drink, take pills — anything to avoid the pain…Sadly, the result of denying and minimizing our wounds over many years is that we become less and less human, empty Christian shells with painted smily faces.”
Similarly, Jesus says in John 16:33, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” There’s just no getting around it. Each of us will experience trials and sorrow. However, Jesus continues by saying, “But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
The apostle Paul echoes Jesus’ statement, writing in Romans 8:18, Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
READING & JOURNALING:
What are at least three things we can look forward to in our future glory? (Read today’s passages carefully, and consider utilizing the cross-references in your study bible to discover other helpful passages.)
Heavenly Father, I know there is much to look forward to when it comes to my future glory. However, I confess that I am prone to sometimes escape or or numb the realities of this world. Continue to help me be fully present with the realities of this life, knowing that You have overcome them all. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: John 6
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