Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Author: Cheryl Zelenka
The widow was left alone to tend the farm. Her husband and son had died in the war and now she alone had to bring in the harvest. She could hire laborers, but there was no money to pay them. She needed the produce to make it through the winter and buy seed for the spring.
Still reeling with grief, she lacked the energy and desire to finish the task. How could she manage the harvest? Why had God left her to weather such an impossible storm?
Adversities, and the problems we find within them, often suck the air right out of us. We see a mountain before us and cannot see any way around it, and the thought of climbing it is overwhelming. It is beyond our strength. We spend nights awake filled with worry. Stressed, we forget God is aware of our circumstances and has the power to help if we but cry out to Him and TRUST.
In reality, in this life many of the things we face are beyond our strength. God designs circumstances with the hope that we will cry out to Him for assistance. He wants us to rely on Him.
As our Creator, “He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.” Psalm 103:14
We can either let the trial crush us or ask God to strengthen and help us overcome the foreboding obstacle. Continue reading “Trusting God’s Goodness”
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:7-14