We can’t legitimately call on God to hide and shield us if we won’t listen to Him or obey Him.
When I track my weary way,
When fresh trials come each day,
When my faith and hope are dim,
Then, my soul, consider Him.
Many years have passed by and we haven’t accomplished much beyond the foundations of our faith.
It is time for us to evaluate our performance.
Have I done what God has called me to do? Have I even tried? God is well aware of the particular challenges each of us faces. But He still requires faithfulness.
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower–strewn pathways all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
Physically, a virgin birth was impossible, but spiritually it was possible: God isn’t limited by the laws of the physical universe. God is bigger than that. Mary, however, was limited and she needed God’s intervention to live out God’s will for her life.
I prayed for thee today,
To the God Who has all power
That He would keep thee close to Him
And strengthen Thee this hour,
How many times have we quenched the Spirit with icy-cold waters of logic? How often have we felt God tug on our hearts… but calculated our way out of responding? “It doesn’t ‘add-up’?”, we say. So we keep our feet firmly inside the boat, because we know no one can “walk on water”.
I’M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I’M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that’s capable of looking past the outward and seeing what’s truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It’s the Gospel. So, finally, I’M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead causes our hope to come alive. God by His mercy has “birthed” us into a living hope. Our hope is living and is based on the resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead.
“How does a mother bury her fourth child?” “How does a father go home without a job to return to and with bills to pay?” But we know God IS good. We know He has made a way for us. We know that even when we are faithless, He IS faithful.