As my son tried to comfort our dog, before she got her yearly shots at the vet, I couldn’t help but smile. My son is the one who had just asked me 6 times on the way to the doctor if I was sure we got the flu mist instead of the flu shot and who the nurses have to hold down as he screams when he does have to get shots.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. James 3:9-12
It’s easy to tell others to trust God and lean on His understanding when they are going through trials, but do we do that ourselves when life gets tough? Are we all talk and no trust? I have a wonderful friend who always says, “How can we call ourselves Christians when we worry instead of trusting God?” She makes an excellent point. How does it look to those around us we are trying to disciple (i.e. children, neighbors, coworkers, etc.) when we say one thing and do another? The answer is one of the major reasons that deter others from coming to know Christ. They call us hypocrites. Being a Christian doesn’t make us perfect, but we are called to trust in God! Do any of these sound familiar?
It’s just that this problem is to big . . . God is bigger.
It’s just that this is a different situation . . . God has seen it all.
It’s just that this is so serious . . . God can handle it.
It’s just that this is my family . . . God considers us all His family.
It’s just that ……… (you fill in the blank with one of your excuses).
God is faithful and He is sovereign. He never changes. Lay it at His feet.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
I am hard on myself about this. We are human after all and will be in constant need of forgiveness and direction from our Heavenly Father as long as we are in this skin. But with God, we can find the courage and strength to turn it over to Him, trust Him and wait for Him. We have to dwell and abide in His word to acquire His courage and strength. It is a supernatural power that only He can give us. When you experience it, you never forget and you begin to crave it in every aspect of your life. I pray you will experience this if you haven’t already. It becomes a wonderful obsession once you have.
This image of planting a dead seed and raising a live plant is a mere sketch at best, but perhaps it will help in approaching the mystery of the resurrection body—but only if you keep in mind that when we’re raised, we’re raised for good, alive forever! The corpse that’s planted is no beauty, but when it’s raised, it’s glorious. Put in the ground weak, it comes up powerful. The seed sown is natural; the seed grown is supernatural—same seed, same body, but what a difference from when it goes down in physical mortality to when it is raised up in spiritual immortality! 1 Corinthians 15:42 (The Message)