Everyone at sometime or another come across something they simply cannot do. The Hebrews were unable to part the Red Sea, yet God made a way for them to cross. God’s power was demonstrated again in order that they would be free from the Egyptians who had enslaved them. By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days (Hebrews 11:29-30). So the question is what are you trying to do that you cannot do in your own strength? Have faith that God will take care of it no matter the circumstance. He knows your current situation. He has seen every unfair thing that has happened to you.
~by Beth Brown
God has given us the priceless gift of salvation! How incredible is this gift? Jesus describes it with a parable in Matthew 13:45-46. He describes a man who found an incredible valuable pearl and sold all he had to own this very this pearl. Read that again…This man sells EVERYTHING just to own this pearl! I don’t think he has any intention to sell it again. He is so amazed by this treasure he HAS to own it! At the cost of his entire lifestyle and everything he’s worked for. He gives it all up to own this pearl. Is this our reaction to the gift of eternal life? Do we desire to give up everything for it?
We all have trials and tribulations. The things that most of us worry about statistically do not happen. When something does however, it can be enough to cause one to feel emotionally and spiritually gutted. This can occur if multiple problematic circumstances continue to occur. It can cause one to solemnly think that they never catch a break. That no matter what they do it is never enough to actually have and maintain peace and happiness. In the movie “The Shack” there is a great sadness in Mack’s life. He has lost his 7 year old daughter after she was kidnapped and murdered. He received an invitation in which he accepted. During this unique journey Mack visits someone to get wisdom. He is placed on the judgement seat and sees various sinners who most anyone would consider evil. After seeing his own childhood pain as he was abused as a boy by his father he is asked by the one questioning him if he deserves judgement. He coherently says yes. Then as the visions on a large screen appear continue he sees a little boy being tossed to the floor by his father. After being told that the little boy is his father, he has a change of opinion in the end. He no longer wants to be the judge in his life of others. If you are suffering, it is best to see people the way God sees them. We cannot do this without God.
~by Beth Brown