It is easy to worry about and fear what the future holds for us down the
road when we are in the midst of a difficult situation. We are tempted to
question God and complain about the trials in our path that seem too
difficult to overcome. In these moments of uncertainty, we should be
quick to remember the many times that God has delivered us and met our
every need. We should use that energy of worry and fear in the opposite
direction and give thanks and praise to God that all will be well.
It is easy to murmur and complain, but it takes faith to look past a
negative situation and see good coming from it. It is that same trusting
faith that moves God's heart and shows Him that our eyes are focused on
the Great I AM rather than on any problem that doesn't come close in
comparison. Let us be a God trusting people so that every negative
situation will be met with our faith filled assurance that all will be
well for us.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to trust the Lord
in every area of your life because He is faithful to meet our every need.
AND IT CAME TO PASS
As I stared out the rear window of the bus, I thought, 'What if I die?
This may be my last night ever!'
My son suggested we take an all-night bus through the Peruvian Andes down
to the coast. I was prepared to be driven over high mountain passes and on
winding roads. We live in the Rocky Mountains of western United States.
But I was not prepared for roads so narrow that the bus had to stop and
let on-coming traffic around; or the high speed at which the bus rounded
hairpin curves; or roads that were unpaved for long stretches, no
guardrails and almost vertical slopes just inches from our speeding
wheels. Nor was I prepared to ride in something that passed anything
slower than the speed of sound -- even around blind mountain curves.
I thought that perhaps I could sleep during the trip, but the excitement
and anxiety of what reminded me of an amusement park ride kept my heart
skipping beats and my eyes wide open. I thought, 'What if I die?' and began
to count all the possible ways this bus could slide off the mountainside,
not the least of which was the fact that the driver was working a 12-hour
shift. What if he became sleepy? My mind was just too filled with “what
ifs...” to find rest. I needed an antidote to worry.
Then I remembered five comforting words: “And it came to pass...” Not
coincidently, the phrase is found throughout the Bible. It's an intriguing
phrase... “and it came to pass.” I've never read, “And it came to stay.”
It's always, “And it came to pass...”
Whenever I have encountered problems over the years, they came to pass. My
anxieties and worries always proved to be temporary. In fact, I have
forgotten most of the fears that once kept me awake at night. I've learned
that most tough times and impossible situations eventually come to pass.
And sufficient strength can be found for those few that may linger a while.
Besides, what could I do? The bus would either make it or not. Like New
York Yankees outfielder Mickey Rivers once said, “Ain't no sense in
worrying about things you got control over, 'cause if you got control over
them, ain't no sense worrying. And there ain't no sense worrying about
things you got no control over, 'cause if you got no control over them,
ain't no sense worrying about them.”
So I rested in the peace that, like most of what I worry about, this will
come to pass. I began to enjoy the rollicking ride, much like one would
enjoy a roller coaster. And before long, the sun rose on a beautiful
Peruvian landscape. It was true, I had nothing to worry about. This, too,
came to pass.
I suspect the same can be said about that problem that worries you.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun
a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:15-17 “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant
grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the
inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but
for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search
for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD...”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I
deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He
shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and
shew him My salvation.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: WHEN THE LORD CALLED MY NAME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry