Sundown Devotional: Struck Down but Not Destroyed
Sundown Devotional brings friends together on the back porch, as the sun sets on the workweek. Away from the stressful workplace and hustle and bustle in the streets, we relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our peaceful meditation on a short Scripture passage. In this session, we focus on restoration. Christian or not, we will all be encouraged. Welcome!
We’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken.
2 Corinthians 4:9 (The Message)
My brass-framed wall clock stopped working. It downgraded to a simple accent piece with a Bible promise inscribed on it. Set on an easel, it found a place on a little table in my bedroom.
One morning, I accidentally knocked it to the floor where it stayed separated from the battery for the rest of the day. When I decided to put it back together, something incredible happened. It regained life and began to tick. And that’s not all. When I tried to reset it, it was showing the correct time. It deserved a best performance award, not for keeping up, but for catching up.
After social, financial, mental and other types of falls which could have destroyed us (but didn’t), after spiritual decline which replaced faith with doubt, after periods of self-indulgence in pity and regret, can we also re-enter our God-assigned roles with our best performance? Even when we're down, with still a minimal ray of hope, we can cry out for help.
The hands of our Omnipotent God can fix us without our interference. That is, if we accept our helplessness, heed the still small voice in which He reasons with us, and trust His Omniscience to raise us up one pull at a time. No matter the dilemma―marriage on the rocks, dwindling finances, failing health, natural disasters, any and all issues which threaten to keep us down―God’s creative hands can re-create us, remedy our situations, and restore us to the joy of His salvation.
Prayer: Gracious God, we thank You that the falls that did not destroy us have strengthened us. We believe that for all the time we have not kept up, You can empower us to catch up. We trust You to restore us, to the place where You plan for us to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For Reflection: Struck Down and Restored
"People even more than things have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody." (Sam Levenson)
Joseph – From the Pit to the Palace
Joseph’s brothers, motivated by jealousy, literally threw him down into a pit intending to kill him. Then, they changed their minds and sold him into slavery. While serving in an Egyptian household, his mistress falsely accused him of sexual assault, and he was thrown into prison. Eventually, God honored Joseph's trust in Him and raised him up high in national leadership, second only to the King of Egypt. (Genesis 37, 39-50)
Hannah – From Sterile to Fruitful
Hannah was pushed down into the emotional dumps whenever her sister-wife, Peninnah, teased her about her barrenness. With tears, she cried out to God for the ability to bear a child and He favored her request. Her restoration echoes in the lines of her praise song: “I smile at my enemies.” “Those who stumbled are girded with strength.” “Even the barren has borne seven.” (1 Samuel 1, 2)
Nameless Woman – From No Credit to Good Credit
She was struck down with desperation when bill collectors threatened to take her sons, in payment for a debt which her late God-fearing husband left unpaid. The only valuable item in her house was a jar of oil. The prophet Elisha miraculously stretched one jar of oil to fill all the empty jars which he instructed her to borrow from her neighbors. She was able to pay her debt and provide a living for her and her sons. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
Naaman – From Ill-Health to Good Health
Naaman, “commander of the army of the king of Syria,” and “a great and honorable man,” suffered from leprosy. With no cure available, Naaman faced the possibility of being fatally struck down. God rescued and restored him by putting in his home, a little girl who knew a leprosy-curing prophet from Samaria. For a while, Naaman wrestled against the process, but when he surrendered, his skin was restored to full health. (2 Kings 5: 1-15)
Have you ever been struck down and experienced a restoration similar to that experienced by any of the Bible characters mentioned above?
Other Sundown Devotionals
- Sundown Devotional: The Rainbow in the Clouds
Meet us on the back porch at sundown on weekends, far from the weekday hustle and bustle in the streets. We relax, reminisce, reflect and get inspired by our meditation on one short verse of Scripture.
- Sundown Devotional: Beyond Human Expectations
"However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts." (John Calvin) This can be your personal experience.
© 2019 Dora Weithers