According to Forest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.”
That may be true. The future is largely unpredictable. But when you trust in the Lord, you don’t have to fear what may come.
“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” Psalm 18:32
Recently, I felt discouraged but told the Lord that would accept whatever He gave me. The following week and a half was filled with a string of answered prayer. I thanked the Lord for one, then another answer would occur. I’m on a spiritual high right now. What will happen when this roller coaster of life turns downward? I’ll trust God with the same faith I have while basking in his blessings.
A nurse friend of mine had challenges with her job, her children and selling her house. She didn’t think she could handle another stressful issue when her husband became seriously ill. At this point she said, “If God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, He must be looking at someone else’s chart.” Of course, it was a very difficult time but she made it through to a see better days.
I read on a Face Book post, “God sometimes pushes us to our limits because He has greater faith in us than we have in ourselves.” (By JCLU Forever) We all have had times when we don’t think we can handle life’s situations. But God knows it is by stepping (or being pushed) outside our comfort zone that we grow. He has faith in our ability to trust Him. Trusting Him strengthens our faith.
Just like my friend, we can feel we have passed our limit of heartache and hurt. That is when we can collapse in God’s loving arms, knowing He will be there to catch us. My friend was sure God had mistaken her for someone who could handle the pain. In the end, she had a less stressful job, a nicer house and a stronger relationship with her husband. God knew who He was dealing with.
Have you ever thought God allowed more than you could handle? How did you deal with it?
Wow! I received a letter from Publishers Clearing House and I MAY have already won millions of dollars! What will I do first? Travel? New car? College for my grandson? No worries; there is enough for all my dreams.
Wait, there is a warning: “Failure to follow…serious forfeiture of money.” I wonder how forfeiting millions of dollars is not serious. Anyway, all I have to do is find the labels, scattered throughout the stack of ads, notices and magazine offers, and stick them in the correct places. Then send it in and I have a one-in-a-bazillion chance of winning!
How many people get their hopes up to receive everything they ever wanted for just returning an envelope? There is a better way to receive the biggest treasure of all: peace and eternal life. There is a catch; you have to believe in Jesus. But that’s it. No sorting papers or sticking labels.
John 3:16 promises, “God so loved the world (that includes you), that He gave his one and only son, that whoever (that’s you, again) believes (one simple step) in him shall not (guaranteed) perish but have eternal life (the greatest treasure). (NIV)
Is your faith in winning the lottery or in trusting God?
One of my favorite stories in the Bible is I Kings, chapters 4 through 6 when the Israelites lose the Art of the Covenant to the Philistines. The Ark was the Israelites most treasured possession. It is what led them into the Promised Land. It is where their priests pray and their people worship. To the Israelites, the Ark of the Covenant was their connection to God. Without it they felt God had abandoned them. Nevermind they had disobeyed God and taken the Ark into battle where it was captured; they now pleaded for its return.
While they were mourning in despair, God continued to work. Where ever the Ark was taken, disease and death followed. The Philistines eventually became afraid to have it in their land and sent it back to the Israelites.
I love the fact that the Israelites did nothing to recover their beloved Ark but God returned it because of His love for them.
When you feel you have lost everything, read I Kings, chapters 4 through 6 and see how God doesn’t need your help to bring about miracles.
Have you ever felt like giving up on your faith? How did you restore it?
Last week I talked about being an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus. While we live in this world what is it we possess from our Heavenly Father’s estate? There are many things we can claim as our own, starting with hope.
Hope is a desire accompanied by the expectation of fulfillment, according to Webster’s dictionary. Psalm 62:5 tells us, “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him.”
As Christians, we have faith that our desires will come to pass when they are aligned with God’s will. We can rest assured that whatever befalls us God is with us. That hope is not something we have to earn or wait for, it is within our grasp at this moment.
The hope God gives us is different than mans hope. In man, I may want to win the lottery, but with God my soul rests in the expectation that He will help me through all hardships. My selfish longing may be to write a best-seller, but peace fills me when I write for God’s glory.
When we place our hope in God, we have more than an expectation; we have an assurance of fulfillment. Claim your rightful inheritance by resting in God alone.
Has there been a time when your hope in God helped you through tough times? How did you claim your inheritance?