Watch Me Suffer


[You, however, have followed] persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.—2 Timothy 3:11

I have a couple of close friends who have suffered a little more in life than others. One is a friend named Steve. Steve has endured more challenges with cancer than anyone I know. And you know what, I admire this man. Every time I talk to him, I feel admiration for his strength, attitude, character, and endurance. And as I reflect on these words from Paul, I wonder if these were among the lessons Timothy learned from Paul's suffering.

But then Paul points outs the primary lesson—that it was the Lord who rescued him from every persecution and suffering.

You see, in persecution, we will develop strength and endurance. And because this benefits us, we like to take post-suffering credit for this increase. But these increases are secondary benefits to the primary benefit. So Paul reminds us not to take credit for what God does. It's not our strength, attitude, character, or endurance that saves us. It is God who saves us from persecution and suffering. Look back not only on what residual benefits you have gained but also on how God saves and give him all the glory.

ASK THIS: How has God saved you?

DO THIS: What did God save you from. (Share it below and give Him glory.)

PRAY THIS: God, thank you for saving me from __________________________.

PLAY THIS: Shane & Shane. The Lord is My Salvation.


short | practical | biblical
Read through the Bible daily with Vince Miller.

51 thoughts on “Watch Me Suffer

  1. Jeff Falley says:

    God saved me from the sin of pornography and adultery and physically from dying about 2 years ago. He saved both spiritually and physically.

    • Vince says:

      Christ has saved me from a life of alcoholism, pornography and homosexuality.
      After a youth spent in sin, I’ve been happily married for 28 yrs.
      After years of drinking, I’m sober and I own my own business.
      After hours spent with online porn, I’m free from my lust.
      I did none of this. Christ in me did all of this.

  2. Steven says:

    I have been laid off for several months now due to restructuring in my old company ….

    It has been tough to tithe and honour god with each of my last monies coming in …. but he is faithful

    I feel ok, as god has blessed me with more financial stability than expected.

    90% is more the 100% with god faithfulness

  3. Rex Wright says:

    To innumerable to count but how about today -He saved me from possible exposure of a virus ( not corona ) to my friends at men’s Bible study today. My wife suggested I stay home -i’m battling a cold.

  4. Danny Leo says:

    there have been times that I believe God has saved me from my will – which of course is not his will – and I could have suffered from a bad decision. His intervention was my blessing.

  5. Stephen Merkle says:

    The Lord has saved me multiple times from:

    1. Financial Ruin
    2. A failed marriage
    3. My wife’s cancer

    What a generous and graceful God we serve! Thank you Lord for saving me!

  6. Kent says:

    God has saved me from depression after losing my wife of only 1 year. He has also pushed me to move forward and allowed me to find love and happiness again. He has saved me from so many things but I feel he is in the process of saving me from Anxiety.

  7. Ryan says:

    God is rescuing me from own self and childhood baggage. That is allowing my marriage to heal. Keep pressing in with Him

  8. Gregory Mwape says:

    I love the idea of the daily devo… will have to share to the men in our fellowship this bright idea then will come back to create the group. Thanks

  9. Rob says:

    In 2018 I had a heart attack. My minister and another gentleman and his wife came and prayed for me. In the prayer it was mentioned Lord just heal Rob’s heart so the Drs have nothing to do. After a couple of test the Dr came in and said you had a heart attack but there is no damage to your heart. Praise the Lord

  10. Chris says:

    God has saved me from bouts with mild depression which lead to addictive and destructive behaviors. Amen! Hallelujah!

  11. John Krumm says:

    Our God, the giving God has saved me through Christ Jesus of so many things I doubt I can remember them all, but here goes. Drug abuse, a life of stealing, bad choices, abusive relationships, cancer, poverty and homelessness, attacks upon character. He is faithful in my weaknesses.

  12. Lynn says:

    My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has saved me from sexual addiction. God’s grace has given me a new life serving Him. He will never leave me and has forgiven me.

  13. Jon C. says:

    God has saved me from my addiction and he also saved me from cancer. God has given me a great life and it is all because of his love Grace and mercy.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *