Good Tuesday morning! We would like to think that our set of problems is unique to each of us; that somehow God has called just me to this particular suffering. Everyone should pity me, because I alone have this thing... If we pay attention to the Word of God and the ministers He has sent to us, we are going to find out that we are not alone in this suffering of ours. Contrary to the title, it most definitely is not just me. All of the problems that I face have not only been faced by other believers, but were faced and defeated by Christ.
A minister on My Bridge radio spoke of how he had doubts regarding his motivation for becoming a minister and preaching each week. He couldn't say that 100% of his speaking was centered on Christ, and that some of it was not for his own selfish ends. I have wondered that same thing in writing the devotional. Jesus overcame that problem; he spoke only the words given to him by the Father.
Who among us has not felt the doubt of trusting wholly in the Father? We stock up on this and that, buy things we won't need until next year; the rich stockpile money, the poor yearn for more of it, and we worry about the next day and the next month. Jesus told us that one day's worries were enough for today. Trusting completely in the provision of God seems to be a problem with all of us - once again, it isn't just me.
Some of us have fallen into the trap of trusting in our government or an employer. I only realized my faith was misplaced when my employer escorted me out the front door. At about the same time, millions of other folks around the world were realizing their misplaced faith as well. No doubt, many of them believed in God and wondered, just like me, what happened? It wasn't just me.
I read a story about a woman who was literally born lost. The poor lady cannot deviate from a simple route to work and back, or she will become immediately disoriented and lost. As soon as the report came out about her condition, hundreds of others spoke up reporting that same condition. She wasn't alone in her suffering. With more than 6 billion people on the planet, even the most obscure disease or condition is shared by someone else. You may even find a web site to share your "unique" experience with others.
...and when it seems that we are completely alone in suffering, all we must do is turn to Jesus in prayer. We will find comfort and compassion in our Lord!