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You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20)

In your life as a follower of Christ, it is guaranteed that there will be some struggles along the way. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

If you are walking through something that does not meet with your satisfaction or approval, remember that you are not in charge. God is in charge! He is the authority. We must remember that God does not serve us; rather, we are to serve Him. 

I think about some of the things I have gone through which have hurt me physically. These things have created struggles and financial pain in our family’s life. When I recall things I’ve gone through, which have affected relationships and have impacted my life spiritually, I shake my head and say, “God, I don’t get it.”

Maybe that’s where you are today. You don’t understand why God is allowing His children to go through certain things in their lives. Guess what? You will spend your life trying to get it. We need to embrace and embody that regardless of what we go through, our lives belong to Him. Whatever we go through can be used to glorify Him and honor Him. You will not be able to figure that out, and sometimes you will not be happy with it.

I don’t care what you have heard from any pulpit. You need to realize God has not called your destiny to be happiness. Your destiny is holiness; and holiness is described as living under Him, who is the authority. The sooner we get there, the greater peace we will have.


  1. Mary Ann Souders on May 2, 2021 at 4:52 am

    Your devotional today is timely. I finished chemo and radiation treatments almost 3 weeks ago. It was to my jaw and neck on both sides. The most brutal and difficult of anywhere a person can have it. I am at that point where I don’t understand why. In 2020 I had 4 cancer related surgeries. Three oral and one to remove metastatic tumors in my right lung. Several friends passed away. Rough year.

    But in all of that, I know God was wiith me.

  2. Kelly on May 2, 2021 at 5:15 am

    I know this to be true.. I have peace through trial because my God guides me

    • Jason Suing on May 2, 2021 at 12:58 pm

      That’s 100

  3. Dianne Edwards on May 2, 2021 at 6:04 am

    Thank You For That Powerful Truth.
    We have to TRUST The Process. When You start Trusting Relying And Depending On God’s Word You Will Receive God’s Peace In The Midst Of Experiences Life Brings. Walk In Holiness.
    Trust God

  4. Dave Edmonston on May 2, 2021 at 7:38 am

    Yes, Amen.
    And trouble I have found…when I struggle in my own strength.
    As I yield to Holy Spirit, circumstances change.
    The Key I have found is Forgiveness, just as Jesus taught us to pray, Amen.
    Only possible when Holy Spirit is present, and yes It is a gift!
    Receive His forgiveness today and let Him show you the Way Home!
    Cry out to Jesus!

  5. James W Howell on May 2, 2021 at 8:45 am

    All things must be GOD given ! Praise GOD !

  6. Janet L Sipes on May 3, 2021 at 10:31 am

    THank you Dr Dodd because you keep it real and Always tell the truth. I am going thru some things now but I realize God is in control and he can use my ashes and turn them into beauty.

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