Thursday, October 19, 2017

Begging God?

A personal journey:

I’m lying in a hospital bed on Wednesday night as I write this.  Tuesday morning of this week I was admitted for some heart issues.  It is a long saga, and I will not give all the details, except this one experience today.

It ended up that I needed to have an angiogram done on my heart.  This was a new experience for me, as I have not spent the night in a hospital since my tonsillectomy when I was six. 

As I lay waiting for my procedure I had a bit of time to pray and meditate.  My first thoughts turned naturally to God, and I immediately began a praise and thanksgiving prayer to God for already being present with me.  I didn’t beg, I didn’t plead, and I didn’t bargain with God.  I was aware that He was already in that room.

And I acknowledged that He was already with my medical team of four – 2 doctors and 2 attendants, because of the training and prep that they already had, and for the amazing medical equipment that was being used on me.  You see, God went ahead of me and guided some men and women in the design and manufacturing of those tools of the medical world.

God was present - in those moments in the present and in the past.

I was comforted and encouraged.

No begging. No cajoling.  No bargaining.

God came near.  He saw my situation.  He saw my needs and He appeared. 

And this is your testimony also.  God is already present – in the small activities of life and the major medical crisis.  Wherever you are, regardless of what you face, the God of my understanding is with us.  He is a very present help in times of need.

Thanks be to God!

Hope Encouragement Inspiration

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Does God Care

~Does God care about this job that I hate?

~Does He know about my flu symptoms and this unsettled stomach ache I have?
~Does He know I need $28 to pay my credit card bill in two days?

~Does God care about the strain in my marriage?  Oh, how I long for resolution.
~Does He care about my car that needs a new transmission, and I can’t afford a new transmission?
~Does He care that I haven’t made a sale in four days and my boss is starting to question my abilities?

~Does God care that my little girl is sick?  I hear her cries and feel so helpless.
~Does God care that I have more fears than faith right now?

I have great news, my friend.  God does care.  I’m reminded of the lyrics to an old gospel song.

“Oh yes, He cares, I know He cares,
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary,
The long night dreary,
I know my Savior Cares”

In eleven words, we find the answer in the scriptures.  I Peter 5:7 says this:

“Cast all your cares on Him, for He
cares for you.”

Psalm 23:4 says, “Even in the darkest places, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.  Your rod and staff comfort and protect me.” 

And in Psalm 46 we read this:
“God is our refuge and strength.  He is an ever-present help in times of trouble.”  Psalm 46:1

The great hand of God is with us, even in the middle of our misery.  He is a very present help in our times of struggle.

Be encouraged.

Let this video have its encouraging effect on you today.

Hope Encouragement Inspiration

Thursday, October 5, 2017

But the Future Is So Frightening

Some say, “That man in North Korea frightens me.  I’m afraid he’s going to do something stupid and blow all of us into tiny pieces.”

Others say, “And our President … he is so …!  What is that all about?"

Prices are continually rising.
Jobs are being eliminated.
The world as we know it is changing so fast, I can hardly keep up.

Conspiracy theories abound on every subject, every incident and behind every trigger pulled.

We’re told that Russia meddled in our election.  (What’s new?)

Have you had your chip implanted yet?  THEY need to keep up with the likes of you and me, you know.

Oh my.  What a dismal future we face. 

And yet … I have hope. 

My bible tells me this …

“Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for
you.”  I Peter 5:7

“Be not afraid nor dismayed, for I, the Lord your God, will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 and other locations)

When it seems the world is lost, the world will end, or “we are going to hell in a hand-basket” (whatever that means), take heart.  God is still in His place.  He still has eyes on our situations – both individually and globally.

In John 16:33 we are reminded: “I have told you these things, so that you will find peace in me.  You will have trouble in this world. However, take heart.  I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

I don’t read anything in there that says we will escape hardships.  I DO read that God will be with us in the middle of the hardships.

Yes, the future is frightening.

Here’s the really great news … God is bigger than any frightening future we will experience.

Be confident in this one thing.

Hope Encouragement Inspiration