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β€œ[F]or which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Timothy 1:11-12).

God appoints all people to the position to which He appoints them.  Make nothing of that; but know that it is God who is directing you and all who are willing to submit to Christ.  I too am convinced that nothing can get in the way of His providence, will, and way.  He who created you is more than able to guide you and guard you all the days of your life.  Continue to walk faithfully with Him.

Lord, You know that when suffering comes I want to flee.  You know that I am weak, but You are strong.  In Your strength, guide me this day to trust in Your provision and way.  Help me to see through the momentary afflictions of this age in order that I may learn how to be faithful.  Thank You, Lord, for suffering for us all so that we might stand firm through this age of suffering to join You in eternity.

Lord Jesus, You have come that we may have life and have it abundantly.  You promised that when we follow You, adversity would come and we would be blessed by that adversity.  Guide me, O Lord, in the way of life so that I will now and always walk humbly with You in the grace You give.  Let me never be ashamed of this Gospel You have revealed to me, but help me continue to be bold in faith.