June 20 Enduring Hope

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3–7

Key Verse: 2 Corinthians 1:5

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

In only his second start since returning to the San Francisco Giants following cancer surgery on his left arm, Dave Dravecky crumpled to the mound in the early innings. The cancer-weakened bone in his arm had snapped. Further surgery was required, and baseball became his pastime.

His faith in Christ sustained him through the countless trips for treatment and the uncertainty of his future and health. He autographed each baseball picture featuring his long stride and cocked arm with Paul’s statement of confidence to the Corinthians.

“My wife and I have committed these verses to memory,” he said. “We realize that our life on earth is temporary and our circumstances and afflictions, however severe, are still light and fleeting when viewed from the perspective of eternity.”

You need not lose heart in your heartaches. God is working through your trials in a mysterious but productive manner. As you place your focus on His eternal presence, you will have sure and sturdy hope.

Dave Dravecky has enduring hope. You, too, can be encouraged, knowing that God is in control of your life, both here and hereafter. His hand is loving, steady, and able.

Lord, give me an enduring hope that knows You are in control of my circumstances, now and in the future. You are loving, steady, and able to guide my life. I relinquish control to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 179). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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