Wednesday, May 13, 2009

How to Handle Tragedy

There are times in our life when something, sickness or death, or both stops us in our tracks and grabs our attention in the worst way. Sometimes fear comes upon us unexpectedly. At times like these it is important to stop the panic and distress. Step back and take a moment to review our situation in the light of the word of God. God's promises are true and faithful. We do not know why we must go through terrible trials. We may never know the answer. One thing I do know is that God has a plan for every one of us! You had a plan from the moment you were born. Sometimes plans get changed because of choices we make but there is always a plan.

The following exerpt from Psalms 55 has now become a prayer for help in time of tragedy and need. Pray this prayer when you are in doubt and distress. Dig deep in your faith and purpose in your heart to stand fast on the word of God. He loves you. His love never fails.
  1. Psalm 55:22
    Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
    Psalm 55:21-23 (in Context) Psalm 55 (Whole Chapter)
1 Give ear to my prayer, O God,
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
2 Attend to me, and hear me;
I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily,...

4 My heart is severely pained within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling have come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
6 So I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 Indeed, I would wander far off,
And remain in the wilderness. Selah
8 I would hasten my escape
From the windy storm and tempest.”

12 For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.

16 As for me, I will call upon God,
And the LORD shall save me.
17 Evening and morning and at noon
I will pray, and cry aloud,
And He shall hear my voice.
18 He has redeemed my soul in peace from the battle that was against me,
For there were many against me.

22 Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
  1. 1 Peter 5:7
    Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
    1 Peter 5:6-8 (in Context) 1 Peter 5 (Whole Chapter)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Does God Hear Our Prayers?

Do you feel sometimes that your prayers get no higher than the ceiling and that God is a million miles away? Do you wonder if God is listening or if he has turned his attention away from you?

These feelings are natural and part of the human condition. God is always listening. He does not always answer when WE feel that he should. Of course we need to remember that we are serving God and not the other way around. God does not serve at our pleasure. We serve Him!

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14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Sometimes it is hard to understand that just because God does not send an answer immediately, it does not mean that he is not listening. Walking by Faith is a hard task at times. When you decided to take up your cross and follow Jesus you made a hard choice. Included in that choice is the obligation to keep the faith even when your feelings get the best of you. Feelings will deceive you. They will make you think many things that are totally false.

Sometime God says, "My grace is sufficient." Not what you wanted to hear!

God is listening, take heart, soon you will have your answer!


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