Being hooked into the social media world is a great blessing. It’s a powerful tool to share the gospel of Jesus, to encourage and to develop friends that are geographically distant. Caroline and I are connected and along with that comes a big dose of reality…
I don’t know about you, but Caroline and I are getting bomb-barded with friends and family going through really tough stuff. That stupid cancer is running amuck, hitting people without any sense of decency. Accidents, sicknesses, divorce and relationship issues… Day after day, our prayer list grows and grows, because in all of this, Jesus is the answer. What comes to mind are two scriptures:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose. [Rom 8:28 NKJV]
For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. [1Co 6:20 NKJV]
Our natural, human reaction when a crisis unfolds in our lives is to strike out in anger. Sometimes it’s directed at God himself for allowing the mis-fortune to happen. We wonder, and question, HOW…How could this be happening to people we love, to really good people?
So, then the first scripture kicks in… And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to [His] purpose. [Rom 8:28 NKJV] Really? I remember when my daughter Brooke passed away and I heard the words for the first time that she was dead. God immediately put this scripture on my heart. My response was… ok God, I know that’s your word, but I can’t see it right now! There is no way I am going to be able to handle this on my own, I need YOU, GOD to hold me through this…. And He DID!
We look at tough times and wonder, HOW in the world can this work out for Good? Where is the light in all this darkness? For all of us, I think if we take the time to re-look at our lives we will see moments of crisis that eventually turned around for our good. We can all see a pattern of God blessing us through the hard times even though we had no way of seeing it at the time.
And here’s the kicker as we move forward. Trusting God and know that His plan is perfect and then, HONORING HIM in the struggles. That’s right, when crisis hits, we thank GOD and seek to honor Him through it. You’re thinking, WHAT, are you NUTS? Well, yeah, but so what J This is where the second scripture kicks in… For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. [1Co 6:20 NKJV]
Knowing that God is there, that His plan is perfect, and experiencing the perfection of His plan in our lives, our reaction, moving forward, needs to reflect thanksgiving for the tough times and look for the opportunity to honor God through it.
This may sound totally crazy, but I can tell you, engaging this scripture in your times of trials and tribulation will result in seeing God, His LOVE and HIS plan for your life in the most assuring, comforting and rewarding of ways. Give it to God. He wants your whole heart… what are you waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)