If you look up “Hurting” in the dictionary, one definition you will find is: a blow that inflicts a wound; bodily injury or the cause of such injury. Injury, damage, or harm; the cause of mental pain or offense, as an insult.How are you today? Are you experiencing any part of that definition in your life right now? Have you received a recent blow that has caused you mental, physical or even spiritual injury? Have you received a painful offense or insult from someone close to you? Are you in the middle of a crazy storm in your life?No matter how much you are facing or have faced, we as believers can find hope in knowing He will never abandon us. Ps 9:9-10
Hope is coming my friend!
A good friend and pastor challenged me with a thought that I have had for some time. He said, Rodney, we hear people say all the time that “God will never give me more than I can handle”. Often I will use this when things seem to be falling apart in my life or one thing after another seems to be going wrong and crumbling in front of my eyes.
I will say, “Well at least I know God will never give me more than I can handle.” The truth of the matter though, as my friend was sharing with me, is that everything we face on a daily basis is more than we can handle on our own isn’t it? Without a reliance on God, I can do NOTHING.
That is so true isn’t it? I mean, isn’t that what principle one is all about? To come to that realization that we are powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives has become unmanageable. I am not able to handle life without God.
What a revelation this was for me. I had a great reminder that today, I am powerless and I cannot handle anything without complete reliance on Him, my strength, my Rock and shield in my life.
This is so much easier to face than the idea that whatever I am facing has to be dealt with by me and my own strength.God has lavished His love on me and you in bigger ways that we can ever wrap our mind around.
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!..." I John 3:1
When is the last time you rejoiced in the love that He has lavished, expended or given in great amounts or without limit on you? It seems like an oxymoron to praise Him in our pain doesn’t it? To be honest though, that is when I must ramp up my praise to the Father because He is the one walking and leading me through it isn’t He?It is because of His love for you and me that we have a blanket of hope covering us. No matter what you are facing today, He is our portion and our hope can rest in Him.
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” Lam 3:22-24“But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thes. 5:8-9
Remember, no matter what you are facing in your life, as Your Father, He is your hiding place and your shield. We can hope in His word as Ps 119:114 reminds us. Keep your eyes, your hope, your confidence, on Him my friend.
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