Things are never as bad as they seem. Challenges always first appear overwhelming. Even if challenges come in as ferocious as a hurricane or tsunami, still challenges are not as bad as they seem. Now this is the testimony of the person who believes in God. Things are not as bad as they seem because we have a God who is accessible to us through prayer.
Jehoshaphat discovered this to be true when he was challenged with being overthrown by his enemies. Not just one enemy but a coalition of the sons of Lot came against him. Their armies outnumbered and were better equipped than those of Judah. But Jehoshaphat remembered the power of prayer.
Listen to this snippet of his discourse with God: “If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before you— for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.” And now behold, the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir, whom you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, and whom they avoided and did not destroy— behold, they reward us by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. O our God, will you not execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” (2 Chronicles 20:9-12 ESV)
Jehoshaphat said “we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” That’s the strength of the believer, our eyes are watching God in times of challenge and distress. Because our faith is in our God and not our selves we have unseen resources working on our behalf. God answers prayer and God intervenes in human affairs. That encourages me in discouraging situations. I hope and trust that you too will keep your eyes on God when challenges arise in your life. Remember, things are not as bad as they seem. You have a God waiting to help you when you call. Amen.
A jewel in its natural state appears worthless; its value hidden underneath layers of hard, calloused material. It has to be cultivated with care and appreciation for the hidden value within. The person who cultivates the jewel must have a vision and purpose for the finished product. That person must commit to the time, patience, and passion required to unearth the its value for all to see.
The Bible reads: “Whosoever finds a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.” Proverbs 18:22
The word “finds” is used in the same sense of a person seeking a jewel. A true wife is a rare jewel, cultivated by her husband. When the husband first sees his wife she may not look valuable to others, but that husband sees her through spiritual eyes. He has a vision of her future as related to his own. He has purpose for her related to the vision God has given him.
A man cannot be so shallow as to marry a pretty face, a nice body, or even a cultured woman. External beauty fades and culture is related to the environment. A man should marry the woman whose inner beauty and strength, once cultivated, fits his purpose.
When a man marries “a help meet suitable” for the vision that possesses him, God will favor him and bless the family. That marriage will be strong because it will be based on a God given vision and purpose that is eternal.
Single men pray for God’s vision for your life, pursue that because your wife is along that path. Single women develop your gifts and remain flexible as you serve God in this world. If you want a husband and you’re doing God’s will, he’s coming. Let him find you pleasing the Lord for that is a sure sign you can please him.
“It’s always too early to quit.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
Woke up this morning with quitting on my mind. Reached for my Samsung Galaxy S4 to do my social media postings and ran across this quote. Talk about adrenaline rush; I lay there thinking about what Norman Peale meant and concluded a person has to keep pressing on despite those days when it seems useless to keep at it. Success, wealth, fame, or name recognition are things that come through a person being excellent. However, what Peale was telling me was that those persons had to go through days where the possibilities seemed hopeless. Peale was referring to persistence and perserverance role’s in dream fulfillment.
Dale Carnegie tells the story of a man who bought a gold mine; found some gold and convinced relatives and friends to invest in the gold mine. He drilled and drilled but hit a fault line that made it appear they had obtained all the resources that mine had to offer. He sold his equipment, the mine and everything associated with it to a poor, common man whose only attribute was vision and common sense. That common man immediately hired an expert in mining who explained what fault lines were and calculated where the man should begin to dig. And you guessed it; 3 feet down from where the other man had quit, this man hit a gusher. Millions more dollars in gold came from that gold mine.
When you hit a blockage and you don’t know why; ask someone for help who knows what to do. Always be teachable and invite others to help you with your dream. Don’t give up on your dreams, your goals because you think it won’t work. My father used to tell me, “Son, It only costs a nickel more to go first class.” So, when you wake up with that quitting feeling, “do it one more day, enlist help, and keep doing it one day at a time until it clicks, until you reach your destination.
It’s your time to soar because you deserve the life you dream!
She came home to be caregiver to her dying mother. Her four children came with her. She quit her job with as a para professional and relocated. For almost two years she was unemployed but the Lord provided. Then her mother died and when the insurance money ran out she only had God to sustain her and her children.
She had a B.S. in Business degree as well as an Associates but she could find no job. The school board in her area wasn’t hiring. Only temp agencies were used by employers. For two years she searched, went on interviews praying and fasting for her breakthrough. This last time the interviewer promised she was hired. But the devil would not let her blessing through.
But she knew what to do; she decided to trouble her trouble. She read this text and decided spiritual warfare was appropriate. Daniel 10:11-13: “The man said to me, “Daniel, you are highly respected. Pay attention to my words. Stand up, because I’ve been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, trembling. He told me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer. The commander of the Persian kingdom opposed me for 21 days. But then Michael, one of the chief commanders, came to help me because I was left alone with the kings of Persia.”
Her plan was simple. Be persistent; this job would meet her family needs. The temp agency held up her job based on a background check they claimed had not been processed (this proved to be dishonest). She called each morning and afternoon. She did research to find the company performing the background check. She called her interviewer. She was persistent and God used an angel on the inside who first told her about the job to help. It took 30 days but her breakthrough came and she went to work. Persistence is the key to your breakthrough! Faith works when you work your faith. Hallelujah!