Devotion for July 5, 2024
By Bryan Chapell

We have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.  We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. (2 Cor. 4:7-10)

Some years ago, a college friend, spoke of a beloved daughter born with Goldenhar Syndrome – a condition that causes some children to be born without facial bones. 

The daughter was born with no facial bones on her left side. In the early years of loving and raising his precious girl, the father said that he and his family were often buffeted by waves of worry that required them to cling to a rock with two sides.

One side of the rock was the testimony of Scripture that our God is very great. The other side of the rock was the proof of the cross that God is very good. The girl’s father said, “In our time of trial, we needed to hold firmly to both sides of that rock named Jesus.” 

In every life there come the waves that will require us to cling to the Rock with two sides. When our trials and disappointments seem more than we can bear, we must hold to the One who holds us because he is very great and he is very good. Hold to the Rock with two sides through your waves today.


Father, this fallen world is full of pain and suffering – some afflict me and my loved ones. When the waves roar, still help me to cling to the Rock with two sides. When I am desperately in need, keep me trusting in the One who is very great and very good until his work in me is done. 

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