The Coming

October 28, 2017
by Lynne Phipps

2 Corinthians 7:5-6 – For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn — conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. (NIV)

For a number of years, I found myself in an extremely difficult job situation where harassment and bullying from a co-worker was simply part of life. In time, however, it took more and more of a toll on me — body, mind, and soul — as no amount of confrontation or intervention made a dent in this person's onslaught. The end result was that my life constantly held conflicts on the outside and fears within. But God, Who comforts the downcast, comforted me by "the coming" of friends and family who encouraged, listened, advised, and offered practical aid which strengthened and supported me, and finally gave me the courage and confidence to tell my employer to take this job and shove it, even though the prospect of finding other employment was slim to nil due to the job shortage in our area.

Finally, the situation was at an end, and truly, what a relief it was, for though I didn't know what the future held for me job-wise, as the old saying goes, I knew Who held the future: God Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ever hope or dream.

Today, you may be in what seems to be an unendurable situation as well, one which is taxing you, body, mind, and soul, and you simply don't know what to do or where to turn. If so, be encouraged by today's Scripture, for just at the right time, God, Who comforts the downcast, will comfort you by "the coming". What "the coming" will be, I don't know, but He does, and you can rest assured that it will be exactly the right thing for you and your situation, just as it was for Paul and Timothy and me and hundreds of thousands of others down through the ages to whom He has come at just the right moment.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You are the God Who comforts the downcast. Encourage us this day to continue to look in hope and faith for Your coming amidst any conflicts on the outside and fears within that we are struggling with or may encounter. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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Lynne Phipps <lynnephipps@hotmail.com>

Atlin, British Columbia, Canada


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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Been there, done that. Good word Lynne.


    A lovely read today Lynne. Much food for thought!
    (Ont.)


    Lynne, what a great Scripture to illustrate your experience. I’m sure many readers will relate. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.


    Hi Lynne
    Thanks Lynne, or should I call you Titus? I needed that. Just had some disappointing news.
    Much love from your sister in Christ.


    Dear Sister in Christ, Lynne:
    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I believe you. Right now, my conflict is with the Diocese of our Church, and it’s very stressful, in body soul, and mind. I pray that God’s solution comes quickly.


    Dear Lynne!
    What a timely devotional to read. Thank God all trying things shall pass in time. A new song written to be sung for the deeper help from above.
    Saved by the Lord! Alleluia! God bless you!


    I usually recognize your beautiful blogs without looking at the name of the sender. This morning I did not do that. I read the Devotional, and was rather shocked when I realized that it came from you
    Your faith and beautifully written Devotionals have always inspired me. However, everyone goes through dark valleys; no one is immune. Thank you for your honesty in sharing your story.
    (B.C.)


    I sure relate to this. I was in an extremely difficult situation a few years ago involving someone who became verbally abusive. I had to go to court twice, very scary as I had no experience of this. The police said I was in danger but they helped deal with this person.
    What you describe was my experience too, and including strangers who came into my life at exactly the right time and then moved out of it. And all the time I was aware of an unseen presence as well.
    Blessings.


    Hello Lynne. God will use this in the lives of many, to bless them and to grow their faith: it is a stepping out in faith, and He is faithful and His promises true! When you said, “…at just the right moment.”, I suddenly recalled the day in my teens when in my depression I almost took my life. It was at just that moment that something suddenly came to mind, which the depression had blotted out, that caused me to stop. At that time in my life, while I knew about God, I didn’t know Him – but He knew me and my needs, and as He said to Joshua (1:5), “…I will never leave you or forsake you.”
    This difficult experience from your life is now an encouragement for others. Thank you!


    Hi Lynne,
    Your devotional always challenges and inspires me, and given the long drawn out number of health issues that have kept me partially housebound this year, I certainly can and will take your words to heart. They are like a cool refreshing drink of water.


    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for this well thought-out devotional.
    Your experience has affected all of us at one time or the other.
    As you received help through others and our Heavenly Father,
    I have been recipient of His comfort and reassurance to pull me through.
    May God continue to bless you.


    Dear Lynne,
    It is helpful to put your devotional together with the “Thought for Today” and the “Verse for Today.’
    I am in agreement with you that there is a limit to the amount of abuse a person should allow to be put upon oneself. We are God’s people, and God does not want us to accept abuse when he gives us a way out.
    However, I am concerned too, that Christians should not use expressions such as the “Shove…” expression. Because of “connotations,” it can be “abuse” on our part to say such things to other human beings.
    Dear God, please keep our tongues from evil, and our lips from speaking guile.
    Dear Lynne. Keep writing for Jesus sake.

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