Adversity

November 9, 2015

Praise for the Only One

By James Howell
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Praise for the Only One”) as an e-book.

Read 1 Samuel 1:4-8


Sorrow and unfulfilled dreams can create an ache within us, especially when we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing very well. Hannah not only grieves her infertility but has to deal with the cruel taunts of her husband’s other wife. Elkanah, the dutiful husband, attempts to juggle the emotions of a depressed wife and a haughty one. He offers comfort to Hannah, “Am I not more to you than ten sons?” Nice try—but even the noblest human love cannot satisfy the emptiness that accompanies crushed dreams. … read

 
October 26, 2015

Seed or Stone?

By Roger J. Scholtz
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Seed or Stone”) as an e-book.

Read Ruth 1:1-5


Within the space of the first five verses of the book of Ruth, we hear a story of devastating pain and loss suffered by a woman called Naomi. A severe famine forces her and her husband, with their two sons, to leave their homeland and move to a foreign country. Starting over as refugees in an unfamiliar place is tough enough, but then further disaster strikes—Naomi’s husband dies! Thankfully she still has her two boys, who marry Moabite wives—surely not the future she has dreamed of for them. But under the circumstances, she will not complain. … read

 
October 5, 2015

Trusting God in the Land of Emptiness

By J. R. Daniel Kirk
 
Dark Night of the Soul by Linda Furtado

Dark Night of the Soul by Linda Furtado

Read Job 23:1-9, 16-17


Job is a faithful companion for us through life’s valleys because Job knows that life with God does not give us easy answers. Job knows that God is powerful over all things, and so he can complain to God about what he thinks God has allowed to happen. Job also knows that he has been faithful to God and that God will vindicate him if given the chance. … read

 
September 28, 2015

The Problem of Suffering

By Upper Room Books
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

Excerpt from page 284 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.


Read Job 1:1, 2:1-3


Job is devout and faithful. Because of his righteousness, he gets plucked out of obscurity and placed in the midst of a heavenly dispute. In the opening verses, the Lord and the heavenly court debate how to recognize true devotion. “Obviously, Job loves you, with all your blessings,” says the divine district attorney. “Let’s test him, and see how he feels then.” … read

 
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