When difficulty strikes and there appears to be no relief in sight and answers to the “why” questions go unanswered; sometimes our emotions invite us to forget that God is still sovereign.
So what should we do when we find ourselves in this situation? Should we ignore God since it appears that He is ignoring us? Should we try to conceal our resentment by overshadowing them in halfhearted prayer? Or maybe just call it quits?
I want to suggest to you and remind myself that when we reach this point, we should seriously consider if the real question we’re seeking an answer to is an intimate scream of, Lord, why ME?!!! We must remember, when people, places and things hurt us and we should pray.
However, if somewhere deep down on the inside we don’t even believe what we are praying, maybe the answer to the “why”, is simply God trying to demonstrate to us the depth and extent of His sovereignty because we are lacking the belief and have failed to understand His dominion.
And how can God prove that to any of us, if we never have any problems?
A marriage can have a few things in common with your favorite drink. Of course it quenches your thirst… But if its really going to have a lasting impact, something has to fall in it. To keep it cool, we often let ice fall in it. In like manner, a cool and calm spouse is preserved by falling in love with them all over again. A cool couple stays close to keep things heated in a cold dark world. A cool couple also resist the “nitpicking” comments that could lead them to a fiery spat over nonsense. The marital bond of man and woman still leaves the greatest imprint on human history. Though all relationships can have there moments… Strong marriages are preserved by people who know how to keep cool. I sometimes ask my wife if she’d marry me over again. She never hesitates to say yes. I think I have the world’s coolest wife. Today I encourage couples to fall in love all over again, and don’t be afraid to let your kids hear you say “sweet nothings” to one another. Through our example the next generation will learn to treat there spouse.
Apostle Jamie Pendergrass
Even a little light drives out darkness! We live in a dark world. We have to consciously choose the light. We have to turn away from the dark. The darkness keeps us bound and drowning in sin. The light is our lifesaver, Jesus. He illuminates around us and in us when we invite Him in. But please know there is a huge difference between the darkness and light. I know I don’t like walking around in the dark for fear I will hurt myself. When you walk in the dark you can’t see what‘s in front of you, behind you, or around you. When light is present you are more aware of what is around you and you feel safer. Thank you Jesus.
Verse of the Day
Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
John 3:20-21 NIV
Someone close to me hurt my feelings this morning but I must forgive and honestly, having to forgive hurts more than the offense, why? Because I want to remain angry, I want this person to feel the same hurt that I’m experiencing now but peacefully I am reminded of Peter’s question to the Lord, “how many times must I forgive someone who sins against me, up to seven times? And the Lord answered, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven”
So what’s left for me to do after I have taken my frustration, anger and hurt feelings before the Lord and His only response redirects me to the plank in my own eye? Well first it means that God is reminding me that I should not sin in my anger, but rather take a moment outside of my hurt feelings and consider the penalty of not forgiving. See when we refuse to forgive, God does not forgive us and by the same measure we judge, we too will be judged.
I had to ask myself, is it worth it? NO! My resolve is that I must forgive! Not because I plan to tolerate the behavior, but in all things and by all measures, as difficult as it is, I must make a choice to be a light in the world, showing the example of Christ, why? That someone might see the error of their ways by confession and through repentance, and when I make a choice to work His word, I am forever reminded that when I fall short of His glory, I am guaranteed to receive the same measure by my Father in heaven that I extended to others. Amen.
Matthew 6, 7, 18, Ephesians 4, John 1, Romans 3
Lately there’s a lot of talk about domestic violence. football players are being found out and female celebrities are sharing their stories. So let me say, I too have been subjected to domestic violence for 8 long years. I used to say I could write a Stephan King novel with all that has happened to me. But now I write about God’s mercy, power, and His love. In the next few days I will be sharing some poems from Lucinda the survivor! Even if you’re not a victim or survivor of domestic abuse I think you will be able to relate to some of these poems.
He Cried with Me
A moment in time,
One I didn’t understand
And couldn’t comprehend,
I just lived through it.
Far away from
The terror of the past
I had a clear, spontaneous memory.
I saw a moment
When I was fearful, shamed,
In my body and in my heart.
But in this memory
Was the image of God
with tears on His face
For the anguish He felt
Seeing His child in such pain.
At the time I felt completely alone.
There was no one to help.
There was no one that knew.
But today I know
That I wasn’t alone.
God was there.
He was crying when I was crying.
He suffered as I suffered.
I don’t know the reason
I don’t know why
I had to endure such cruelty
But now I do know
That God was there and
Brought me through it.
Somehow years later,
Seeing god’s tears
Brings me comfort.
It gives me courage
For the future and
Peace with the unknown answers.
God IS always with us.
Lucinda Berry Hill author of devotional “Coffee with Jesus.” ©