November 11 A Higher Purpose

Scripture reading: Job 42:1–6

Key verses: Hebrews 4:14–16

Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Mary Slessor was the daughter of a devout Christian mother and an alcoholic father. Her early years in the mid-1800s were devoted to survival in the slums of Dundee, Scotland. She was beaten frequently by her father and often thrown out of the house.

Yet in this cruel injustice, Mary gained a steadfast spirit, one that God used mightily in the years to come. She came to know Christ at the age of twenty–eight and soon after left for missionary training.

Chronic illness and loneliness brought her to the point of despair, but God gave her strength to answer His call. “Christ sent me to preach the Gospel,” she said, “He will look after the results.” In Africa, she chose to identify with the people to whom she witnessed by eating and sleeping on dirt floors of huts.

As a result of her earlier life, Mary was able to handle the most threatening situations. Her missionary efforts accounted for the rescue of countless twins, babies who were viewed as being children of the devil. She quickly earned the title “Ma Slessor” by the Okoyong tribe.

Adversity molded her for a higher service. Whatever you are facing, give it to Jesus, and allow Him to make something beautiful out of your life. Trust Him for the outcome and all the moments in between.

Lord, take the adversities of my life, and use them to mold me for a higher purpose. Take all that is ugly, and make something beautiful from it.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 330). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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