DEVOTIONAL PAGE - "Brethren, I have written a letter unto
you" (Hebrews 13:22).
July 31, 2018
The Sweet Compensator
The above title describes our Lord Jesus
perfectly. No one is like Him! Every
time we meet loss, pain, disappointment,
rejection, or other adversity, and
receive it from our Father's loving hand
to work His good purposes in us (Romans
8:28), Jesus compensates us.
In our devotional reading the next
morning we find ourselves led to a Bible
passage or Psalm that perfectly
parallels our situation. Or an
explanatory, uplifting Bible verse comes
to mind just when we are tempted to
worry, fret, or give up on a person or
some other challenge.
Or we come across a message from one of
God's ministers that is so timely, so
precise, as if they knew exactly what
kind of mess we were in. Or out of
nowhere we sense a quiet but new
anointing of His Spirit coming upon us,
unrequested, surprising, refreshing,
Or we turn a corner and receive
unexpected financial or material help,
relieving us of a oppressive debt or
providing just the right people,
property, or equipment we need to
conduct with excellence the ministry
project or mission we are starting. A
coincidence? No, it's the Compensator.
these ways He sweetly visits us when we
are low and lifts our spirits, so much
that we forget our adversities or pains.
Suddenly, we are back in our right
attitude and labors - abiding closely,
working steadily, and on our way in God
For instance, when the Pharisees cast
out the man born blind who, despite his
theological ignorance, held fast to the
wondrous experience he had had with
Jesus, Jesus afterward paid him a sweet
personal visit (John 9:1-38). He
reassured him. He restored his
confidence. He compensated him for his
painful losses. He had lost some
religious leaders, but now gained the
Real Leader. He was tossed out of the
synagogue, but was now gathered in with
Jesus and His disciples. On looking
back, he must have realized he had
gained far more than he had lost.
been hit by one of the enemy's sharp
arrows of adversity? A disappointment? A
strange, surprising rejection? Look for
the sweet Compensator. Expect His visit,
His voice, His biblical answer to your
Release the bitterness into His hands
and let Him turn it into sweetness (Gen.
50:20). In prayer, give Him your loss
and ask Him to turn it into a spiritual
gain (Phil. 4:6-7). Expect His help and
tell Him in prayer you will do so. Then
get excited! You're about to receive a
new comforting blessing from the Lord.
Just like the blind man did! And your
Carefully obey His New Testament
commands that apply to your distressing
situation. Forget what others have done
and be a "doer of the Word" yourself. In
truth. In humility. From the heart.
Determined to overcome! And don't forget
to offer the Lord a sacrifice of
thanksgiving, praise, and worship right
in the middle of your adversity, before
you see His help (1 Thess. 5:18; Heb.
13:15). That sweetly blesses the
Then He will rise and sweetly compensate
you. Will you, my friend, expect the
sweet Compensator today?
Greg Hinnant Ministries
PO Box 788, High Point, NC