December 16, Saturday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional is provided by Claudia Robbie, a native New Yorker who transplanted to Atlanta.  Claudia is married to Trevor and they have two children, Isabelle and Owen. She is the admin and women’s ministry leader at JCA.

 

Devotional Thoughts for Today

1 Peter 5:10

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

We are still facing the old power structures of the past—of powerful men using their positions to manipulate those who are vulnerable to do their bidding. This has been a story that has been perpetuated from generation to generation. It is the story of sin.

Sin hurts people in ways that reach so deep that it hollows out the soul. God does not want us to suffer alone, because in that vacuum the enemy accuses and distorts everything. The enemy wants to leave everyone so debilitated that the thought of reaching for God would not happen. The enemy goes after those victimized and those who are carrying out the actions.

An anger born out of helplessness. A need to be the center of attention born out of feeling worthless and ashamed. A belligerent voice born out of silence. A need for affirmation born out of being ignored. Who can bridge these things? Who can restore such deep seated beliefs and behaviors in a woman who had learned in childhood these things and truly believed these were personality flaws that would be the thorn in her side forever. Only God could cross that gap and reach her, telling her that her personality is one that only He can set and create. These flaws were not flaws but traits that had been warped and changed because of the horrific actions and sinful desires of one man. These “flaws” were a result of one girl trying the best she could to absorb this trauma.

God would restore these things so she could live in the fullness of who He created her to be. He would overcome her fears of intimacy and address her need for affirmation so that she could enter into marriage healed enough to enjoy the fullness of what marriage could be. He would use the ensuing years to temper her words and her anger into something that could be used to bring Him glory and restoration to those around her. Instead of speaking all the time in order to gain her worth, she would rest and listen for His leading and prompting because she finally knew her worth. In the days and times when she would forget all that she had learned and experienced in this restoration, He would gently remind her of how much she was loved and the dreams He had for her.

Prayer: Father, as daughters of the living God, would You help us to find our worth and restoration in You alone. In our journey would You use our voice to restore those around us and change this world. As sons of the most High, would we aim to honor and protect those around us, seeking to live reflective of Christ’s strength and surrender. Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah 49-50

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