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    Thursday, 10 August 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional August 11, 2017 — If Only . . .

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Topic: If Only . . .

      August 11, 2017
    Read: John 11:21–35 | Bible in a Year: Psalms 81–83; Romans 11:19–36
    Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. John 11:32
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional


    As we exited the parking lot, my husband slowed the car to wait for a young woman riding her bike. When Tom nodded to indicate she could go first, she smiled, waved, and rode on. Moments later, the driver from a parked SUV threw his door open, knocking the young bicyclist to the pavement. Her legs bleeding, she cried as she examined her bent-up bike.

    Later, we reflected on the accident: If only we had made her wait . . . If only the driver had looked before opening his door. If only . . . Difficulties catch us up in a cycle of second-guessing ourselves. If only I had known my child was with teens who were drinking . . . If only we had found the cancer earlier . . .

    When unexpected trouble comes, we sometimes question the goodness of God. We may even feel the despair that Martha and Mary experienced when their brother died. Oh, if Jesus had only come when He first found out that Lazarus was sick! (John 11:21, 32).


    Like Martha and Mary, we don’t always understand why hard things happen to us. But we can rest in the knowledge that God is working out His purposes for a greater good. In every circumstance, we can trust the wisdom of our faithful and loving God.

    Father, You have carried me through hard circumstances before. Thank You for teaching me to trust Your heart of love even when I don’t understand what You are doing in my life.
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    For encouragement read, Why? Seeing God in Our Pain at discoveryseries.org/cb151.

    To trust God in the light is nothing, but to trust Him in the dark—that is faith. Charles Haddon Spurgeon

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Our Daily Bread is a devotional calendar-style booklet published by Our Daily Bread Ministries (formerly RBC Ministries) in over 55 languages.[1] The booklet is one of the most widely read Christian devotionals in circulation today. It was first published in April 1956 and includes writing about the Bible and insights into Christian living. The booklet's title originates from a line of the Lord's Prayer. The contents include a Bible passage and a relevant article for each day of the year. It is written by a different author each day, and also features additional Bible passages for people following Our Daily Bread's "Bible In One Year" reading program.

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