Devotions By Jan



Scripture for Today: II Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

I cringe when I look at this image!  This rubber band is stretched to the limit and about to snap.  The resulting tension of a stretched elastic is a good thing.  It serves to hold things in place.  But too much stretching causes the rubber band to break and everything scatters.

Sometimes I feel like that stretched rubber band.  I am trying to do too much and I feel the tension everywhere in my tensed muscles.  I am only just holding it all together.  But if I were to snap, I would hurt myself and often others as well.  The breaking point may show itself in anger, unkind words, or tears.  It is not pretty.

Our verse for today gives me assurance that God is able to handle it all.  His blessing in my life keeps me from getting to that snapping, breaking point.  It is true that often, one can not help but be stretched by the many demands and obligations in life.  But He promises that in all things and at all times I will have what is needed to cope.  When I turn to Him, He gives me just what is needed.  I can continue doing what He has given me to do for Him.

I love the “alls” in this verse!  It has such a wide scope.  Every good work can include words or deeds done in His name (Col. 3:17).  When I am feeling overwhelmed and ready to snap, I realize that I am not able, but He is.

Thank you Lord, for Your abundant blessing that keeps me from being too stretched!

Look familiar?  This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.

2 thoughts on “Stretched

  1. Hi Jan, Next week you will be hosting the NRB men’s showcase team, and our son C.J. Miller, will be one of the recipients of your hospitality. Wanted to say a big thank you ahead of time to you for using your gifts in this way to this group of fine young men. We know C.J. will be in good hands! Thanks again and blessings to you and your family this upcoming week!
    Linda Miller


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