Today’s Scripture: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2¬†Corinthians¬†12:7-9

In my over forty-four years of ministry, I have encountered excruciatingly tough trials. Sometimes, it seemed as if I was being hit from every side and couldn’t go on.

In spite of all this, these are the times I have grown closer to God. I have walked with Him and communed with Him, and He became my very best friend. The harder the trial, the nearer He was to me.

I have known many Christians who have encountered great trials, yet do not get closer to Christ. As a matter of fact, they run from Christ. Just when He is about to show His grace, they give up and turn to the world for answers. Believer, there is no friend like Jesus.

I pity the soul who does not have Christ to lean on. There are scores of hurting people in this world who do not know the Savior and do not experience the sufficiency of His grace. That is why I have given my life to preaching-that others may see Christ and know Him.

Perhaps you are suffering through tribulations as you read this today. I hope these words have given you comfort. Remember that in the darkest night, God will shine brightest. He wants to be your closest friend; let Him! Don’t run FROM God in your trials-run TO Him.

It is possible that you do not even know the Savior. I can testify that there is no greater friend in the world than Jesus Christ. Will you come to Him today and trust Him completely? He will take you just as you are.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder