Sometimes I get goose pimples when I look back at where I was before I met Christ and compare it to where I am now. My life has changed so much that I often wondered why I waited so long to follow the savior. Even so, It has been a long journey with lots of ups and downs, but I would not trade it for anything else.
As I get deeper into my journey, I have learned that God’s favor toward men comes in parcels. Sometimes they are big; other times they are so small one can hardly recognize them. And that is where a lot of Christians lose faith and stumble. We fail to thank God for small mercies because we set our sights on the big shiny things. And when those things do not materialize, we blame God.
I did not choose to follow Christ because I expect him to rain mana down on me. I followed Him because He was the only one that was willing to give me a second chance. He opened His arms and said: “come.” And I yield His call. I am glad I did because I did not know I was a dead man walking until I met Him.
Where do you take disappoints?
You have shared them with relatives, friends, and neighbors. But, you have never taken them to God.
In his letter to the Jewish Christians dispersed outside of Palestine, James, a servant of and brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, wrote:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms,” James 5:13.NKJV-Bible Gateway
Before you go anywhere else with your troubles and disappoints, go to God.
Perhaps, you do not want to bother God with your cares. You think he has got enough wars and famines in the world to tend to; he will not have time to care about your hurts. If that is your mindset, then I think you should let him decide.
There is no doubt in my mind that if Jesus cared so much about a wedding that He provided the wine; cared so much about a centurion dying servant that he healed him; and cared so much about Cornelius, that He sent Peter to minister to Cornelius, then, He cares for you too.
Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 NKJV-Bible Gateway
Every Church has at least two Corneileous. Are you one?
Acts chapter 10 talks about an uncircumcised gentile who was living in Caesarea. His name was Cornelius. And he was a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his household were devout and God-fearing. He prayed to God daily and gave generously to those in need.
By all standard, Corneileous was a good man. But something was lacking in his life. He had not heard the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he did not know Christ.
There are many good people in the Church, but being good is not enough to get anybody into heaven.
One of the hardest things for some people to do is to quit something that they have started. Sometimes you know what you are doing does not make much sense, but out of fear for what your friends will say, you proceed. But you do not need your friends’ approval to quit that which you know will only bring temporary reward.
The Bible says, Wide and crowded is the path that leads to destruction. But the road that leads to everlasting life is narrow and lonely because not many people find it.
Folks, everybody has a choice, so it is up to you to choose which direction you want to take. Saul of Tarsus was on the broad path wreaking havoc, but God stopped him in his track and changed his name to Paul. Paul became a new person. And he never looked back. Today, he is the most revered apostle.
There is something higher than material things-there is something more significant than the pleasures of this world. But you will never know until you quit travelling on the broad path.
Trials are real, and they come in various kinds. Every Human being faces them. The Bible says “…Count it all joy, my brothers, and sisters, when you meet different types of trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him, (James 1:1-5).
Still, it is difficult for anyone who is going through tough times to count that as joy. When tribulation comes to us, our first thoughts are to find a way out. And when we cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, we tend to panic. But James is telling us to face our trials with steadfastness. Because in the end, everything will work out in our favor.
So, brothers and sisters, the next time life hits you out of nowhere and barely leaves you holding on. And when you are tired of fighting, chained by your control. There is freedom in surrender, lay your burden at Jesus’ feet and let it go. Then you will find out that your world is not falling apart. It is falling into place. Your heavenly Father is sitting on the throne. Stop holding on and let Him hold you.
Almighty God, grant your people boldness. And help us to stand up for what we believe, without any strings attached. Remind us daily that our yay should be yay, and our nay should be nay. Rip out every root and branch of wishy-washiness from within us. And give us the power to face our giants with strong confidence.
Goad us to take the spotlight off ourselves and direct it at You. For without You, we are weak and feeble. But with You, we have the power to do amazing things. Amen.