Is It Hard?

The other day our son suffered a seizure at the dinner table.  It was very frightening for my wife and I both.  As the seizure went on his body became so stiff that you could not move either arms or legs.  All I could do was follow my training.  It worked.

I remember asking God for help and He gave it with great measures of His grace.  We would not have made it.  Most importantly our son would have not made it.  He was sitting at the table eating dinner and the seizure hit like a lightening bolt.

As I fell back on my training I ordered my wife to call for the paramedics.  That did not go well.  I took her phone and began to yell orders at the dispatcher.  That was the wrong thing to do and I know it.  In the “heat of the moment” my daddy instinct took over and it was game on.  I am sorry for my actions; but, help arrived and quickly I might add.

I remember thinking to myself that if God did not miraculously intervene on out behalf that I was not going to live through this.  I thank God that He did move in and it was evident.  I was reminded of the latter part of Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”  God is posing a rhetorical question here and the answer is an emphatic “NO!”.

Now, I know that you; my readers, are facing insurmountable troubles.  Take time and consider honestly the question of Jeremiah 32:27, “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?”

So, how are you doing?

Step Out Step In

Our world is becoming increasingly more opposed to and retaliating against Christianity.  If you try to live at all for Jesus you will find yourself pitted against the world and it’s system in some way.

There are times that life seems like a wide river that we are called to cross; but, we do not have any idea how we are going to get across it.  The children of Israel had the same experience.  They were faced with the Jordan river that overflows it’s banks and God told them to keep going.

They did not know what to do.  Even after all the victories and miracles God performed they were still stumped.  God gave them orders to keep pressing forward.  He even told them what would happen.  Look at Joshua 3:15-16, “And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest,) That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.”  They did not quit.  They kept moving forward even with such great opposition.

God rewarded them for their obedience.  The waters stood up like a heap upon themselves.  Now, what would God do for your and I if we would only be obedient.  If we would do what He says when He says to do it?

So, how are you doing?

Our Response

My ninth grade year I was the manager of the football team.  My mom would not let me play football because she was afraid I would get hurt.  Football would have been mild compared to growing up on the farm.  Anyway.  I remember hear Mr. Marcum and Mr. Pratt yelling at the guys during practice.  They were exhorting the members of the team to push themselves and do the best they could do.

If your heart is in it then you will do the task to the best of your ability.  I was thinking about examples in the Scriptures.  It came to my mind about a man who had two sons.  Individually, he requested each so to go into his vineyard and work.  Their responses were very different.

Look at Matthew 21:28-30, “But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.  He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.  And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.”

Which response is your response?  Would you rather be like the second son and have the appearance that you were being obedient?  Would you rather be honest and say that you do not want to do the task?

The fact is that there are many tasks that need to be completed in God’s kingdom.  Will you make yourself available to be the servant He called you do be.

So, how are you doing?

Go Home

What is the first thing you do when you find a stray dog or cat in your yard?  Some of you my readers would take it in as your own.  Those of us on the other side of the fence normally yell in an authoritative tone, “Go home!”  We do this because we want this stray animal to do just that, go home.  It is not that we don’t love it.  It is not that we are trying to be mean.  We just want it to leave and go to it’s own home.

Jesus had an experience with a man in the New Testament that might seem strange.  Look at Mark 5:19-20, “Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.  And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”

This man was possessed by demons.  Not just a couple either.  His name is “Legion”.  The Bible tells us that is because the demons were “many” or abundant.  After Jesus cast out the demons this man was obviously thankful and wanted to follow Jesus; but, he was told “go home to thy friends”. Jesus had disciples traveling with him.  He gave this man a ministry to go back to his friends and share the truth with them of what had happened.

The Bible tells us that he left and “began to publish…”.  My friend; we, just like this man have been sent to our “friends” to tell them about Jesus.  In this dark day we need to let our light shine brightly.  Time is short and we must share the gospel with others.

So, how are you doing?