Greg Hinnant Ministries Devotional Letter

DEVOTIONAL PAGE - "Brethren, I have written a letter unto you" (Hebrews 13:22).

July 31, 2018

 

The Sweet Compensator

 My Dear Friend,

     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, strengthening!

     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.

     In all 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 again.

     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.

     Have you 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 circumstantial problem.

     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 part?

     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 Compensator.

     Then He will rise and sweetly compensate you. Will you, my friend, expect the sweet Compensator today?

Expecting,

Greg Hinnant
Greg Hinnant Ministries

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