What Does This Mean?

The fury of the snowstorm beats against my windows. I can barely see outside and the flashes of lighting and the bursts of thunder are starting to cause me concern. I’ve never seen all this weather going on at one time. What does this mean? Another sign of the end times?

Life’s situations can be perplexing too at times. Ever wonder why some situation is happening or why it is happening again? Being a software engineer, I have developed an acute analytical ability that seems to permeate into my everyday life. Why is this happening? What does this mean? Sometimes I cry out to God but feel like my cries fall on deaf ears.

Yet, His ears are never deaf and He always hears my cries. “Trust and obey”. “Be still and know that I am God”, the Spirit whispers to me. “Do not be anxious for anything”.

Job’s friends tried to figure out why Job was going through all those difficult trials, yet they were clueless. The Bible says that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Sometimes we will not understand a situation until it has passed.

So I have decided to try a new approach. To trust, to obey, and to rest. God knows what He is doing. I don’t have to understand everything. Like the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, God will make a way.” Dear one, whatever is going on in your life that you do not understand, I encourage you to do the same. God will work it all out for your good and for His glory.

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What Does This Mean?

The fury of the snowstorm beats against my windows. I can barely see outside and the flashes of lighting and the bursts of thunder are starting to cause me concern. I’ve never seen all this weather going on at one time. What does this mean? Another sign of the end times?

Life’s situations can be perplexing too at times. Ever wonder why some situation is happening or why it is happening again? Being a software engineer, I have developed an acute analytical ability that seems to permeate into my everyday life. Why is this happening? What does this mean? Sometimes I cry out to God but feel like my cries fall on deaf ears.

Yet, His ears are never deaf and He always hears my cries. “Trust and obey”. “Be still and know that I am God”, the Spirit whispers to me. “Do not be anxious for anything”.

Job’s friends tried to figure out why Job was going through all those difficult trials, yet they were clueless. The Bible says that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. Sometimes we will not understand a situation until it has passed.

So I have decided to try a new approach. To trust, to obey, and to rest. God knows what He is doing. I don’t have to understand everything. Like the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, God will make a way.” Dear one, whatever is going on in your life that you do not understand, I encourage you to do the same. God will work it all out for your good and for His glory.

The Trials of Life

Life is tough, no doubt about it. Look at the life of Job. Job was an honest, hard-working man who had amassed great wealth, had many children,was well-respected and above all, feared God. What happened to him? He was afflicted from every direction. His flock was dissipated. His children killed. His health failed and even his friends deserted him and accused him of unconfessed sin.

Many trials come to us in this life. Some are brought on by our own poor choices yet others are allowed by God. Why does God allow trials in our lives?

One reason is to get our attention. When things are going well, we busy ourselves with activities, having fun, and the pleasures of the flesh. When trials come, that is when we turn our focus to God. “Why me? Why now?” we ask.

Perceived correctly, trials provide an opportunity for us to learn something and to grow in some way. If we ignore the lesson, we can be sure we will enoounter the test again. God is always in the process of growing us up and refining our character.

As Rick Warren, author of “Purpose Driven Life” puts it “We are all either going thru a trial, coming out of a trial, or getting ready to go into a trial.” This is life. But take courage, the trials, although not pleasant, are meant for our good. Just as parents discipline their children, so the Lord disciplines us. James 1:2 puts it this way “When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy!

The Trials of Life

Life is tough, no doubt about it. Look at the life of Job. Job was an honest, hard-working man who had amassed great wealth, had many children,was well-respected and above all, feared God. What happened to him? He was afflicted from every direction. His flock was dissipated. His children killed. His health failed and even his friends deserted him and accused him of unconfessed sin.

Many trials come to us in this life. Some are brought on by our own poor choices yet others are allowed by God. Why does God allow trials in our lives?

One reason is to get our attention. When things are going well, we busy ourselves with activities, having fun, and the pleasures of the flesh. When trials come, that is when we turn our focus to God. “Why me? Why now?” we ask.

Perceived correctly, trials provide an opportunity for us to learn something and to grow in some way. If we ignore the lesson, we can be sure we will enoounter the test again. God is always in the process of growing us up and refining our character.

As Rick Warren, author of “Purpose Driven Life” puts it “We are all either going thru a trial, coming out of a trial, or getting ready to go into a trial.” This is life. But take courage, the trials, although not pleasant, are meant for our good. Just as parents discipline their children, so the Lord disciplines us. James 1:2 puts it this way “When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy!

Ask, Seek, Knock

We all have desires, wishes, and dreams that we long to have fulfilled. It may be something material, such as a new car or home. It may be something physical like reaching a certain weight or achieving a milestone such as finishing a marathon or a 5K. Or it may be a relational desire, such as to have a partner, get married, have a child.

Perhaps, like me, you have yearned for many, many years. Everytime I think my wish is coming true, something happens and it turns to ashes. Has this happened to you?

My memory verse for this year is Matthew 7:7-8 in which Jesus exhorts us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Quite encouraging, I’d say.

Today, I want to encourage you to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking for whatever it is you desire. God hears your cries. Ps. 37:4 says to “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”. We all know God keeps His promises, right? Don’t give up. It is all part of your personal “Journey to Faith”.

Ask, Seek, Knock

We all have desires, wishes, and dreams that we long to have fulfilled. It may be something material, such as a new car or home. It may be something physical like reaching a certain weight or achieving a milestone such as finishing a marathon or a 5K. Or it may be a relational desire, such as to have a partner, get married, have a child.

Perhaps, like me, you have yearned for many, many years. Everytime I think my wish is coming true, something happens and it turns to ashes. Has this happened to you?

My memory verse for this year is Matthew 7:7-8 in which Jesus exhorts us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Quite encouraging, I’d say.

Today, I want to encourage you to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking for whatever it is you desire. God hears your cries. Ps. 37:4 says to “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart”. We all know God keeps His promises, right? Don’t give up. It is all part of your personal “Journey to Faith”.

The Sign of Snow

This morning as I look out my window, the sky is puffy and white and the snowflakes are softly floating through the air. Some might look at the snow and see it as a nuisance, an interference in their plans and schedules. I see it as a sign.

A sign, you ask? Of what?

A sign to slow down. To sit back by my fireplace, with a cup of hot tea, and maybe a book, a pet, or a loved one close by. The gym will always be there, so will the stores, the shopping, the errands. After a hectic week on all fronts, I enjoy a snowfall on a saturday morning. The peace I feel watching the snowflakes fall to the ground is a welcome respite from the busyness of the week. To me, it’s a reminder from heaven to slow down and relax, to focus and perhaps meditate on what is really important in life.

As we rush through life, and worry and fret about the daily issues and annoyances, I remember Ps. 46:1 “Be still and know that I am God”. That’s all we really need to do, take some time to be still and listen. Enjoy the snow!

The Sign of Snow

This morning as I look out my window, the sky is puffy and white and the snowflakes are softly floating through the air. Some might look at the snow and see it as a nuisance, an interference in their plans and schedules. I see it as a sign.

A sign, you ask? Of what?

A sign to slow down. To sit back by my fireplace, with a cup of hot tea, and maybe a book, a pet, or a loved one close by. The gym will always be there, so will the stores, the shopping, the errands. After a hectic week on all fronts, I enjoy a snowfall on a saturday morning. The peace I feel watching the snowflakes fall to the ground is a welcome respite from the busyness of the week. To me, it’s a reminder from heaven to slow down and relax, to focus and perhaps meditate on what is really important in life.

As we rush through life, and worry and fret about the daily issues and annoyances, I remember Ps. 46:1 “Be still and know that I am God”. That’s all we really need to do, take some time to be still and listen. Enjoy the snow!

Staying Grounded

We’re only into the first week of the New Year and already I am being bombarded with too much to do: dedecorating the house, work, bills, dealing with issues, along with that annual annoying virus that makes everyone cough. Yesterday, I said to my girlfriend “Is something in the air?” and I didn’t mean the flu.

Daily life is a challenge. Some days more than others. Some of us have health issues. Some have finance issues. Some, relationship problems. It’s always something. Usually more than one something.

So how do we maintain our composure, our peace and our sense of stability in these hectic and trying days?

My only recourse is to spend time in spiritual pursuits. Time alone in prayer, meditation, reading the Bible and other spiritual materials, becomes more critical the more hectic my schedule becomes. Time taking care of my body and eating right. My body is a temple and if I don’t treat it as such, it will not be able to withstand the stress of everyday living.

So how was your first week of the New Year? Are you feeling stressed already? If so, take a time-out. Get thee to a quiet place and calm your mind and your body. I have a feeling it’s not going to get any better, but remember the words of the Apostle Paul “Do not be anxious about anything, but in all things with prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to the Lord, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

Staying Grounded

We’re only into the first week of the New Year and already I am being bombarded with too much to do: dedecorating the house, work, bills, dealing with issues, along with that annual annoying virus that makes everyone cough. Yesterday, I said to my girlfriend “Is something in the air?” and I didn’t mean the flu.

Daily life is a challenge. Some days more than others. Some of us have health issues. Some have finance issues. Some, relationship problems. It’s always something. Usually more than one something.

So how do we maintain our composure, our peace and our sense of stability in these hectic and trying days?

My only recourse is to spend time in spiritual pursuits. Time alone in prayer, meditation, reading the Bible and other spiritual materials, becomes more critical the more hectic my schedule becomes. Time taking care of my body and eating right. My body is a temple and if I don’t treat it as such, it will not be able to withstand the stress of everyday living.

So how was your first week of the New Year? Are you feeling stressed already? If so, take a time-out. Get thee to a quiet place and calm your mind and your body. I have a feeling it’s not going to get any better, but remember the words of the Apostle Paul “Do not be anxious about anything, but in all things with prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to the Lord, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)