Psalm 41:3 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
If you are a Christian, who is carrying a heavy load that God hasn’t seen fit to lighten or remove, don’t give in to bitterness, rebellion, or self-pity.
When your emotions well up, as they inevitably will, think about apostle Paul. He had an affliction that God never saw fit to remove. Be honest with God, he understands. As long as you keep your life open to him, your affliction will never touch your heart.
Recently the FBI busted more than 40 American citizens, some well-known, in a college admissions cheating scheme.
According to news reports children of deep pocket parents, would bypass the standard admission process for entrance into top Ivy league schools, so long as their parents pay between US$250, 000 and $400,000. Some parents even paid as much as $6.5,000,000.
I scratched my head vigorously after reading the disturbing story. Then I started to imagine what I think would have happened if salvation was something money could buy. I saw all the rich people in heaven and all the poor people in hell. But thanks be to the God of the just as well as the unjust, Salvation is free because He sent His only Son to die as a ransom for our sins.
Jesus’ death and resurrection have made it possible so that nobody has to go to hell, but everybody can go to heaven
Folks, I am glad Jesus paid the ultimate price for my salvation. Because if I had to pay cash, I couldn’t afford it. And the way to heaven is not through some loopholes or back doors. It is through Jesus Christ.
Jesus closed all loopholes and back doors when He said the following:
John 10:9 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
9 I am at the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture.
Further, He made it crystal clear that status and notoriety would not be a factor:
John 14:6 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
6 …, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
God’s love toward us does not insulate us from trials. But it sure will see us through difficult times. Even the rebellious and unruly Israelite were allowed to enter the Promised Lands.
Deuteronomy 31:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”Deuteronomy 31:8 King James Version (KJV)
8 And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Cling to God’s outstretch hand
Life can get painful at times. But amid your troubles, God’s outstretched comforting hand is always there for you to hold. Still, the choice is yours. Nobody is ever beyond His reach.
Psalm 63:8 (NIV) Bible Gateway
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.
Whatever you are going through today, do not allow your circumstance to overwhelm you. Jesus knows your problem, and in due time He will lift you out of your mire clay. Take a tip from Job. When he was going through difficult life-changing circumstances, he never stops praying.
Isaiah 43:2: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not get scorched, and the flames will not set you ablaze.
“You, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, and You are the potter. We are all the work of your hand,” (Isaiah 64:8).