Thursday, July 11, 2024

Suffering Well

Sometimes, when bad things happen, it isn’t your fault. Job suffered so many awful things, even though he was blameless. But his friends said he must have done something wrong. Still, he never accused God of doing wrong. And he said that even if God took his life, he would trust him.

You might think God has limited you because he’s angry with you.  But Jesus said that God prunes every branch that bears fruit, so it will bear more fruit. You don’t prune a plant to punish it, you prune a plant to grow it and show it. God trusted Job with suffering, and showed the world his faith.

Maybe your problems aren’t because God is making you an example of judgment. Maybe it’s because God is making you an example of faith. With this limitation or suffering, God is entrusting you with it, not punishing you with it. Suffering well is a witness to the worth of God.  

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Thursday, July 04, 2024

Seeing the Glory

In 1812, 3-year-old Louis Braille was playing in his father’s shop. A tool slipped and plunged into his right eye. And he wound up completely blind. But when he was just 15, he invented a system of reading and writing that is still being used today, over two hundred years later. His system, known as braille, has been adapted for use in languages worldwide. His tragedy was used as a tool. His burden became a means of blessing.

2 Corinthians 4:7 says – But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are all broken, and vulnerable. But God can take your hurt, and use it to heal others. Still, Braille’s system wasn’t widely used until after his death. So, would you be willing for God to use you if no one else gives you the credit? The question is, whose glory do you want people to see? 

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Satisfy Your Thirst

They say you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. But horses get thirsty, and if that water looks good, that horse is going to drink.

You can’t quit your pet sin for long by sheer willpower, especially when your will hasn’t been changed. You still want the thing. But that changes when you see Jesus as the more beautiful thing. You fight affections with affections. It’s hard to get a bone out of a dog’s mouth. But that dog will let go of that bone if you give it a steak. 

You need to exercise your faith. Jesus said the wells of this world can never fully satisfy your thirst. But he can. So, you need to be around preaching, teaching, and singing that treats Jesus like he is more beautiful and satisfying than anything else. And be with people who live like that’s true. 

“Living For Today With An Eye For Tomorrow”©