I’ve been observing a lot of life events taking their toll on my friends and family members, and even myself lately.
Sudden deaths, difficult goodbyes to those departing (not yet for eternity, but for places that seem an eternal distance away), scary medical diagnoses, job transitions, and more can really bring a person down.
Well wishes and hugs honestly only do so much for a person who has one, several, or maybe all of these hit them at once.
Many of those who follow Jesus begin to wonder where He is. Those who don’t follow Jesus may think that the luck of the universe is against them. Both may wonder if this life is even worth it in the end.
Life has a lot of aspects that really do suck the hope out of any human being, no matter their beliefs.
Some preachers say that if your life is hard and you aren’t financially blessed, you’re doing something wrong. They may blame your lack of faith in prayer, your lack of frequency in prayer, or a host of other possibilities.
Here’s the thing, though. God never promised an easy life for us on this earth, but He did promise to be with us every step of the way, through every kind of trial we face. God is faithful to His faithful, and He is faithful to the faithless.
He won’t give us more than we can handle through His strength. As the saying goes,
“He Who brought you to it
Will see you through it.”
Find rest, weary soul. The burden is heavy, but Jesus carries our burdens with us, and His heart breaks with ours.
Luke 10:16,19-20 “The one who heard you hears Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me, and the one who rejects Me rejects Him Who sent Me. Behold, I have given you authority to treat on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”
We can find comfort in the realization that when we share the truths of God’s Word, the response we receive is for or against God Himself, not for or against us. I know from personal experience that the truth of God’s Word and the commands therein are not particularly popular in this world. I’ve personally receive some very negative feedback and even insults for sharing truth publicly. I must remember that these responses are against God Himself – I’m just one of His mouthpieces here on earth. I should not take these insults personally, but rather stay focused on the truth of the Lord. It’s up to Him to change hearts – it’s not up to me.
We should be more thankful for our salvation than focused on our power over evil. Rather than gloat that we aren’t any longer prey to evil, we must humble ourselves in gratitude to Jesus for His sacrifice that allows us to be freed from the bondage of sin and evil. We should focus on what Christ has done, not so much on what He enables us to do, for without Him, we are powerless against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Let’s thank the Lord for His new mercies to us each and every day.
It rained. It rained and it rained and it rained. For well over a week in most parts of South Carolina, it rained. Other states were effected as well, but the worst of it was felt in the Midlands and the Low Country of South Carolina. As the rain came down, the flood waters rose. A lot of private and public property was severely damaged or destroyed. It was referred to as the “1,000 Years Flood” because nothing like this had been seen here in about that amount of time. Some lost all but their lives. Some lost that too.
There’s been another flood following the tragic flood. This second flood is one of comfort and love – a flood of hope and help. This flood is much different from the one preceding it. The power of this flood unites South Carolinians together during times of tragedy. Our state motto is “Dum Spiro Spero” – “While I Breathe, I Hope,” and this hope floods the hearts of South Carolinians as we join together to help our neighbors, flooding them with supplies, helping hands, and kindness, as we join in prayer and take action to aid our brothers and sisters.
Here in South Carolina, when tragedy strikes, we do not loot or riot – we life our eyes to the hills from whence comes our help, we join hands in prayer, and we give rest to our weary brothers and sisters, helping however we can. We turn from sorrow and grief to hope and love. We experience peace in a time of chaos. We bring unity when it is needed the most. We truly have a flood of comfort in the midst of the flood. We are strong. We are South Carolina.