Oh No, Not Again!
Just when I thought spring was here I heard the ominous warning on the
news this morning that a major winter storm is coming. I could almost hear
people listening to the weather report thinking, “Oh no, it can’t be!” It is
what I was thinking anyway. Ever feel like just when everything is starting
to turn rosy, the rug is pulled out from under you and you are back where
you started? It’s very disappointing not to mention frustrating, isn’t it?
And yet the Bible tells us to give thanks in all circumstances.
(I Thessalonians 5: 18)….ALL! Some might think this must be a misprint.
Others might think that’s impossible to do. But is it? The angel that came to
announce the birth of Jesus to Mary told her nothing was impossible with
God. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I can do ALL things through Christ which
strengthens me.” When Jesus hung dying on the cross, the believers heart
sank. Just a few short days before, the crowds were cheering Jesus on. And
now there He hung on the cross. It wasn’t suppose to end this way. Now
with His death everything was back to square one.
Of course, we know that wasn’t true. The Resurrection changed all of
that. A seemingly impossible event, became possible. How so? Through the
power of God and there in lies the problem. All too often we look at a
sudden turn of events that appears negative with despair thinking there is
no hope. And yet, who is in control? Us or God? We forget that important
fact when we become burdened with the cares of life.
In just a few weeks we will be celebrating Easter and the Resurrection
and the hope that is in us because of this event. Don’t ever forget that faith
is being certain of what we do NOT see. The next time you become
discouraged at a sudden change of events in your life, remember to give
thanks acknowledging that God is in control and is able to bring about
something good when what was intended was something evil! Remember
Joseph! Remember Romans 8: 28! Remember the message from the angel,
to Mary! You know if we fill our minds with these things, there will be no
room for despair to enter. Commit today to trust God, no matter what. As
the Apostle Paul reminds us in Romans, “If God is for us, who can be
against us! NOONE and NOTHING is the answer!
See you Sunday! And, bring a friend so they can meet our friend, Jesus!