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Sundown Devotional: Struck Down but Not Destroyed

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

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!

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The Devotional

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.

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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)

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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)

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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

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 10, 2019:

Lawrence, thanks for sharing. Seems that you've been struck way down, but underneath are the everlasting arms. You won't touch the ground. Happy that your restoration is in progress, and God can finish what He started. And He will!

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on November 10, 2019:

MsDora

I couldnt answer the poll because three of the four apply to us, especially in the last few weeks.

Ten years ago I was made redundant, this was when my wife had already been off sick for over a year, we ended up losing our investment properties, our own house and nearly ended up homeless.

We hung on, and kept going, I found a job I love (and work crazy hours). We found a house to rent that is so much better than anything we could afford.

And then there's the last week, but we're still recovering from that.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 05, 2019:

Thanks, Manitata. Even your comments are poetic, rich with style and content. I love having you around.

manatita44 from london on November 05, 2019:

You have made these devotionals your own, or let's just say that they suit you, they help you to express yourself well through these various examples that you use.

Yes, adversity helps us and it is the candle of the Divine … the light of Love. Scripture and indeed life is full of so many trials and falls! yet our Lord in His mercy, always sends His messengers to lift us up.

O Love, O Grace! What can I say? It is always wise to be mute in Thy sacred Silence. Peace, my friend.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 15, 2019:

Thank you, Cynthia. I like it when my readers can relate. Thanks especially for sharing.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on October 15, 2019:

Dora,

Your devotional was another reminder of how much I have to be thankful for.

When one of our kids was in his last year of high school he was targeted by another student and was threatened so that we drove him to school and picked him up. The school staff didn't appear to know what could be done, although they were sympathetic. He actually thought of changing schools, in his last year, at Christmas. We had a full group of people praying, and a neighbour who heard about the situation and made some security suggestions.

At the beginning of the next semester one of his old friends came by to pick him up (he hadn't done that for quite a long time) and they went to school together. We discovered that the threatening student was no longer at the school-- no one seemed to know what had become of him. Our peace of mind was restored, and our son was able to graduate with his classmates. I still marvel how this story worked out-- no big dramas, just a restoration of calm.

Thank you for writing about this topic. It fits perfectly at this time of the year.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Thanks, Alyssa. Happy that you find them inspirational. We all need little doses now and then.

Alyssa from Ohio on October 12, 2019:

This is beautiful, Dora. I think even for those who are not religious (myself included) there is a lot of wisdom and inspiration in this series.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Linda, thanks for reminding us of that beautiful promise. It became one of my favorite since I became single again.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Bill, thanks for your continual encouragement. Enjoy the weekend!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

God bless you too, Sean. Perhaps it takes a helping heart to know one. Let's be faithful at our God-given posts.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Thanks, Antonio. That the trial may be part of our best performance is very insightful. That should encourage us to hang on and trust God for the restoration.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Thanks, Eunice. Your conclusion is worth repeating: God can fix it all. It's also worth remembering.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Thanks, Lori. Your book would find an audience waiting for your encouragement.

This is a work in progress by Yours Truly. Thanks for asking.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Denise, thanks for sharing your story affirming God's protection and provision. The enemy tired to scare you but God heard and favored your cry for help. He was and is our very help.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 12, 2019:

Thanks, Mavis, for reading and sharing. Always loved writing devotionals. Happy that you were blessed.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 12, 2019:

We have a promise from our God "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Thank you for such a beautiful, calming message at week's end.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on October 12, 2019:

It's nice to end the week with some encouragement from the one who knows how to deliver it. Thanks, Dora, for being a faithful pen.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on October 12, 2019:

God bless your helping Heart, my dear sister! Thank you for your therapeutic words!

Gratitude and admiration!

Sean

Antonio50S on October 11, 2019:

Good Question.

"Can we also re-enter our God-assigned roles with our best performance?"

That's an interesting Question. If we are usable by God and the spirit is willing, God definitely knows how to deliver people out of trials. ( 2 Peter 2:9 ) Maybe the Trial is part of our best performance ?

Just reading the "NIV" Life Application Study Bible on ( 2 Peter 2:7-9 ) "Lot was not sinless, but he put his TRUST in God and was spared when Sodom was destroyed. God also will judge those who cause the temptations and trials"

Some may dispute that Sodom ever existed ? But thats a Testimony that God Totally destroyed it, as well as the neighbouring cities, but the areas where they were supposed to have existed is now full of ashes. FUNNY that :)

Eunice O'Garro on October 11, 2019:

A wonderful account of no matter how many piieces we are broken into we can be mended. As situations in life plague us we tend to forget that God is always available willing and able to help us. Instead of worrying, becoming fearful and depressed we should turn to God and lay it his feet. He can fix it All.

Thanks for Sharing Teacher Dora

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on October 11, 2019:

So uplifting and encouraging. I could write a book on how I've been struck down and not destroyed despite the fact I tried to end it.

Are you the author of this devotional book?

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on October 11, 2019:

I have so many incidents that it is hard to pick just one. I remember when I was a single mom, I had no extra money to spend on car repair. I knew there was something wrong with my car but all I could do was pray God would keep it together until I could attend to it. After selling some art I got a friend to look at it. He was terrified when I turned it over and screamed for me to turn it off. He said I had a small leak in a fuel line that was shooting gas directly onto the manifold which meant my car should have blown up but didn't. The repair cost was $1.50 for a new fuel line. God is good!

Blessings,

Denise

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Flourish, thanks for sharing. Accepting your healing facilitates the healing. You seem to be keeping up very well. God's favor on you, going forward!

Mavis Chiverton on October 11, 2019:

I was truly blessed and shared with my friend Powerful thoughts for us to much May God continue to bless you as you serve in this way

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 11, 2019:

That was a good story about your clock. I have had the experience with my MS although I felt like I was down for awhile, nearly shattered. Not anymore. I feel that the experience is pretty much behind me although MS is said to be incurable.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Lora, thanks for sharing and affirming the power of the human cry to God for restoration. He's the same yesterday, today and forever.

Lora Hollings on October 11, 2019:

Wonderful story about the clock, Ms Dora and its application to our lives! There are times when we all feel that we're struck down by overwhelming circumstances and that we will never be the same again. I've had this happen to me many times. And then, something very good and unexpected happens and it's as if my life has been transformed and can get back on track and I can do the things that I love most. The light has been turned on again in my life! The power of prayer, meditation, and asking for help from our Creator has life changing power. A great meditation, Ms Dora. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Eric, you always boomerang encouragement right back at me. And right on, Eric!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 11, 2019:

Dora this is wonderful. So important. My Lord hears when I whine and then smacks me down harder. He is the finest teacher. My favorite prayer when things go wonkers is "Thank You Lord Jesus". They say "if I did not have bad luck I would have know luck at all". Too funny. Today I praised the Lord for helping me over a hurdle. Right On!! God.

And Right On Dora!!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Thanks, Yves. God-wink? Good imagery. Good to recognize the God-wink when things work out.

Yves on October 11, 2019:

Ms. Dora....First let me say that your clock story was amazing. It must have felt like a God-wink.

Your message, of course, is inspirational. Sometimes we have to remember to have faith, plain and simple. In the end, despite hardships, things have a way of working out for those who retain hope.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Thanks, Mary. Your conclusion is a lesson in itself. We have either learned it or in the process of learning it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Bill, thanks for your input. "A better version than before" sounds like a good title for another article.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on October 11, 2019:

Pam, thanks for sharing and for reminding us that restoration is not always sudden. Happy that your life has improved.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 11, 2019:

A great reminder and an inspiration. Life brings us good things and bad things and we embrace all as part of our journey.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 11, 2019:

Rising from the ashes like a phoenix.....a better version than before...I think we can all relate to this beautiful message.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 11, 2019:

This is a wonderful message, Ms. Dora. Many years ago I went through a very difficult time with my first husband. I was always a believer, but I really had a new awakening. Life exponentially improved after that, but it was day by day progress.

Thank you for this beautiful, uplifting ,message.