Joni & Friends Devotional

Joni and Friends Devotional | 30 July 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 30 July 2022

Joni and Friends Devotional | 30 July 2022

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Joni and Friends Daily Devotional 30th July 2022 Friday Message

TOPIC: Why the Wheelchair?

SCRIPTURE: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” -Genesis 50:20

MESSAGE

Today, 55 years after I made that dive into shallow water, snapping my neck and totally derailing plans for my future, I now know why God allowed it. I know for certain. That reason is found in Genesis, in the story of Joseph, a man who was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt and confined to prison for years.  

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In the beginning of my years of paralysis, when I was struggling with why God allowed my accident, I felt like Joseph: confined and enslaved. Over time, those feelings of confinement dissipated as I learned to trust God. Then I started Joni and Friends and began sharing my testimony among people with disabilities. I even traveled to the far corners of the world to share my story, and everywhere I went, I was amazed to see people open their hearts to Jesus Christ. 

I resonated with Joseph even more when I returned to his story and read Genesis 50:20, a verse that revealed God’s plan all along. Here Joseph said to his wicked brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.”

Joni and Friends Devotional | 30 July 2022

I focused on that first part, clinging to the promise that God would bring good from the harm I had suffered. But when I turned my attention to the second half of Joseph’s words to his brothers, I was amazed. Joseph understood that God intended his suffering “for the saving of many lives.”  

That’s when it clicked. God intended my suffering to be a platform for the saving of many lives! And all these years through the ministry of Joni and Friends, we’ve seen thousands of people and families who struggle with disabilities open their hearts to Jesus Christ.

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My ‘diving accident’ was for the saving of many lives. My heart breaks to think that the suffering people endure here on earth may only be a dark omen of worse suffering to come if they do not have the chance to hear about and respond to Jesus Christ. 

This is why I broke my neck. There are, indeed, more important things in life than walking or having use of my hands. The most important thing is finding hope in Christ and helping others do the same.  

And this is why I celebrate each of these 55 years I’ve lived in my wheelchair. Therefore, my paralysis has been God’s means of reaching more people with his gospel. Does that seem harsh to me? Not when I think of the thousands of people with and without disabilities who, otherwise, would never have heard about Jesus.  

Joni and Friends Devotional | 30 July 2022

So, today, as I bow my head and thank God for his amazing plan in my life, I hope you’ll be able to do the same for the suffering he’s allowed in yours. Because Genesis 50:20 was written for you, too. God has allowed your suffering for the saving of the many lives around you. Celebrate that with me!  

Father, I thank you for what you’ve allowed me to suffer. Although, yes, it has been for the testing of my faith and to make me more like Jesus. But I thank you that you’ve purposed more through suffering than just a private, personal work. I thank you that you’ve intended my suffering to be for the saving of many lives—people I know and even some I don’t. Give me eyes to see what you are accomplishing through my hardships so I can celebrate the saving of many lives.

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Joni & Friends Ministries Founded by Joni Eareckson Tada in 1979, Joni and Friends are dedicated to reaching out to families living with disabilities all around the globe with gospel-adorned hope. We extend gospel-centered care through Community Support, Respite, Retreats and Getaways, and Crisis Response. And we connect families with Christ-honoring, disability-friendly churches where they find a place belong.

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