“Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality” (2 Corinthians 8:1-2).
When we focus upon ourselves we lose sight of the truth that it is not about us. Yes, the Lord loves us, but we are a part of the whole body of Christ. Take joy that around the corner and around the globe are brothers and sisters doing the work of Him who makes all life possible. Rejoice and be glad, for in spite of devilishness in this world, the Lord shall prevail against all darkness.
Lord, help me to keep perspective and not lose hope. Guide me in the way of truth with open eyes that I may see those places where You are working. Help me to see that although circumstances may not be what I like, joy is always mine. You have given me assurance that I am Yours and nothing in this world shall ever be able to separate me from You.
Lord Jesus, You know all of the difficulties this world can bring. You know what it is to be afflicted, yet You pressed on for our sake. Teach me how to count it all joy when I am struggling and when I lose sight of the prize. I know You will never let me go. Help me to cling to You and the hope You give knowing that You will lead me according to Your purposes through all things. Amen.