A Troubling Thought

Praying ManI’ve been to some tough places in my life.

I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be lost.

I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to feel hopeless.

I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to feel helpless.

I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to feel empty inside.

I haven’t forgotten what it’s like to be “beat down by others”.

 

I remember when I surrendered my life to the Lord.

I remember the hope I felt the first time I trusted Him.

I remember my baptism.

I remember lots of markers along my journey with the Lord.

I remember lots of times of repentance for stupid choices.

I remember lots of grace.

I remember lots of mercy.

What I don’t understand is how others can so easily dismiss a loving God who longs for relationship with His creation. I don’t understand how others can look at this world and think it happened by accident or with a big explosion and suddenly order appeared.

I read a troubling passage in Revelation where John, the writer/Apostle saw a scene of destruction and rebellion. Check this out…

In those days people will seek death and will not find it; they will long to die, but death will flee from them.

20 The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which cannot see, hear, or walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders, their sorceries, their sexual immorality, or their thefts. (Revelation 9:6, 20-21 CSB)

I don’t always understand the hand of God – but I trust His heart.

I can’t always understand why God does or doesn’t intervene – but I trust He knows what is best.

I don’t ever want to forget what it was like to be lost. I’m so thankful that the Lord was patient with me as I meandered through life ignoring Him, until the day I stopped and took a long, hard look at Him. It’s been a journey, with lots of stumbling’s and mistakes – but I don’t ever want to let go of His hand – no matter what life sends my way.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Bad News

Abstract Silhouette PrayingThere are times when I’ve received bad news and nearly knocked me down. There are other times when I’ve received bad news that I’ve stood strong and pushed through it. The difference between me being weak and me being strong is the Presence of the Lord. As I walk with the Lord daily I become stronger and more dependent on Him for my daily destination. I try not to get ahead of where He leads me. I’m convinced that His Presence in me can guide me through the worst news and the worst experiences. Isaiah tells a story of someone receive bad news. Check this out….

1 A prophecy against the Desert by the Sea:
Like whirlwinds sweeping through the southland,
    an invader comes from the desert,
    from a land of terror.
2 A dire vision has been shown to me:
    the traitor betrays, the looter takes loot.
Elam, attack! Media, lay siege!
    I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.
3 At this my body is racked with pain,
    pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
    I am bewildered by what I see.
4 My heart falters,
    fear makes me tremble;
the twilight I longed for
    has become a horror to me. (Isaiah 21:1-4 NIV)

 

When things look extremely dark – I just hold on. I know that the morning is coming. I know Who holds the future. I know that the Light of the Word is stronger than the darkest night so I hold on to Him. I will not fear because of Who He is and how He leads me. There are times when my stomach is turning, but my feet need to be steady and strong planted deep into His Word. When I walk through pain and struggle I will keep holding on. My faith will be tested at times, but I want to pass the test and keep hanging on to His Word and walk with Him in His way.

Pressing On!
Dwayne