Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Did You Know That Your Darkest Hour Can Become A Place Of New Revelation?“
Did you know that God can turn any bad day or low point in your life to a mountain peak experience with Him? An angry mob demanded her death but the power of God broke through and brought deliverance to her. Then her darkest hour became her brightest day.
In chapter eight of John’s Gospel, we read the story of the woman who was caught in adultery. In John 8: 10-11 NIV is says, “Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
Jesus reached out to her at the lowest point in her life and when nobody else cared, HE DID. And Christ took her from disgrace and dishonor to faith in God.
Be it out of envy, jealousy, ignorance or hatred, our world is full of accusers, evil spirits, negative people, and others that always want to point their fingers and blame you.
But this Bible story should begin to persuade you that your lowest point or worst day IS NOT your end, IT CAN BE YOUR NEW BEGINNING. It’s then you should realize that you’re NOT a loser, but a learner as you come to understand that a greater work is being done in you than around you by God.
Up to this time, prostitution, fornication and adultery was more than a singular event, it was her lifestyle. Caught in the very act, she was separated from her money, her client or lover and her clothes, as she stood embarrassed, exposed, scared and all alone when she was dragged into the street after providing her sexual service.
Various accusations were being screamed, with many demanding her conviction and death as they threw her at the very feet of Jesus.
While many other crimes merited a far more severe punishment than hers, the Pharisees only brought her to Jesus to entrap Him in preaching against the Law of Moses. But he stooped down as to write on the ground, not to become distracted by the devil but to allow The Holy Spirit to bring conviction through His Words.
He then stood and said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” And He stooped back down and wrote on the ground. He knew that realistically, He was the only one there that qualified to stone her but instead of harsh judgment and punishment He offered forgiveness, mercy and grace.
Christ came to bring sinners to repentance; not to destroy, but to save. He aimed to bring, not only the accused to repentance by showing her his mercy, but the prosecutors also by showing them their sins. While they thought to entrap him, he sought to convict and convert them through His Words.
Convicted, when the crowd left, Jesus arose and asked, “Woman, where are thy accusers?” Naturally speaking, it seemed as if He was referring to the members of the crowd, the Scribes and the Pharisees. But this was also a reference to the broken power, the dismissed influence and the destroyed control that the devil had over her.
Once stricken with panic and fear, the woman now stood in peace, alone before The Prince Of Peace. Free, liberated, delivered, healed and changed, she now had a new lifestyle of walking, talking and living. After receiving her new instructions from Christ, to “Go and sin no more,” she headed off in a new direction.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!