NOVEMBER 17, 2022 / DAY 4#
James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
Nelson Mandela was a leader of a movement to end the system of racial segregation implemented by the white government in South Africa. Mandela is a lawyer who joined the African National Congress or ANC. It is the oldest black political organization in South Africa. He started as leader of the Johannesburg youth wing of the ANC, then became national vice president of the ANC. Mandela advocated nonviolent resistance to apartheid, but in 1961, he was arrested and imprisoned in Robben Island Prison.
In 1964, Mandela was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was locked up in a small bedless cell, even doing hard labor in a mine. Mandela can write and receive letters every six months and once a year is allowed to meet with visitors for 30 minutes. Despite facing worse treatment, Mandela remained firm in his stance. The apartheid system must end in his country. After languishing for 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela was finally released and even elected the President of South Africa. Mandela has received more than 250 awards, including the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end apartheid.
Sometimes God allows us to go through tests or trials so that our lives can be a testimony of God’s mercy. Remember that tests aim to bring out the best in yourself. Which will eventually lead us to level up in glory. Therefore, if at this time we are facing various trials of life, accept it as an opportunity. When we respond properly, God’s abundant grace will not leave us. We will experience the beauty of His grace and our mouths will glorify His greatness. (JB)
God allows us to go through TEST so that our lives can be a TESTIMONY of GOD’S MERCY.
1. Why do you think God allows us to go through the test of life?
2. What kind of test have you experienced or are currently experiencing?
3. How will you respond to the test so that your life will be a testimony of God’s mercy?
“O good Father, we thank You for everything You allow to happen in our lives. We believe, Your grace not only empowers us but also makes our lives a testimony to the glory of Your name. In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.”
YEARLY BIBLE READINGS
1 Samuel 17-18