Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Seeing Jesus’ empty tomb though the transparency of the cross…
If you weary, heavily burdened, beat down, ready to give up, Jesus has promised if go to him God will give you his life. (Based on Matthew 11:28)
I know I’ve written about this in the past and I’m likely to bring it up again in the future because it is so important for us to keep working on our dependency on God. I also want us to know when things seem to be going “sour” we’re in good company and because we are there is hope. The apostle Paul in his second letter to the Corinthian church writes of his “adventures” in Asia. “For we don’t want you to be unaware, brothers, of our affliction that took place in Asia: we were completely overwhelmed—beyond our strength —so that we even despaired of life. Indeed, we personally had a death sentence within ourselves, so that we would not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead.” (2 Corinthians 1:8–9, HCSB)
There’s a tendency for us to believe because Paul is writing out of us own experience he is describing what life is like as a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ. He seems to be saying if you’re a believer and follower of Jesus you can look forward to this:
· “…we were completely overwhelmed…”
· “…beyond our strength…”
· “…so that we even despaired of life…”
If that is way you see what Paul was saying you’d be only half right because Paul was describing life in general. You don’t need to be a Christian to experience those things, you need only to be alive. However, once we have the whole story, “He has delivered us from such a terrible death, and He will deliver us. We have put our hope in Him that He will deliver us again…” (2 Corinthians 1:10, HCSB) We begin to see Paul was telling us it is out of our dependency on God that hope comes alive, he was telling us not to focus on the “lemons” but on the “lemonade”.
BE strong in the LORD!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“I am creating something new. There it is! Do you see it? I have put roads in deserts, streams in thirsty lands.” (Isaiah 43:19)
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