Devotional: What Really Matters

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There is a difference between having chronic pain/illnesses/challenges as a Christian and living that same life without God.  At least, I think there should be.

My guess is that folks who live  this life without a knowledge of God have different life goals than we do.  

I know we all want to be better.  We'd like the pain to decrease or go away.  We'd like the challenges to stop.  We'd like to have days with no challenges on the horizon.

But as Christians? 

I like to look at the book of Ephesians.  I'm adding this to my prayer list as a prayer for all I know who walk this life with God.

I can think of no higher goal in life than to know Him.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. (Ephesians 1:17-18)

Pain or no pain.

Illness or no illness.

Challenges or no challenges.

That we may know Him.

If, somehow, we can keep our eyes on that goal - if we know that the reason we are living is not to live a pain-free, illness-free, challenge free life - if we can accept that even with all of these limitations, and maybe because of them, we can grow to a richness of life in Him, our whole perspective changes.

What is truly important?

To know Him.

Father God, When all of our challenges seem to overwhelm us, when life becomes too difficult to see beyond the next moment, help us to hold fast to the true meaning of this life.  I pray for each dear reader, Lord, that they may come to know you in a way allows them to endure all things for the knowledge of You and Your great love.  Amen and amen.

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