Today's devotion is based on Luke 6:21-23, "[Jesus said] Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven."
Jesus told his disciples that they would feel pain. They would be hungry, sad, hated, excluded, insulted, and rejected. Those things would happen because they were his followers. Jesus assured them that the pain would be real but temporary. He even called them blessed because relief was on the way. They would not always be hungry; eventually, they would be satisfied. They would not always weep; eventually, they would laugh. Jesus told them they could even leap for joy because they knew that heaven was coming through faith in him.
Christians can find relief in their pain before they go to heaven because they know heaven is coming. Even when following Jesus causes pain and persecution, God provides relief through faith in his promises.
Please pray with me: Almighty God, relieve my pain during my time on earth and teach me to cling to your promises until I join you in heaven through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.