Things We Know

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom 8:28)

Sometimes the news can be interesting, but most of the time I don’t watch it. On a normal day I will know some events that are going on, but will rarely be able to quote the ten o’clock news  in any shape form or fashion. I know for many of you those things which we see on the news just “gets at you”. Most people agree that in the current economy, with the current state that so many things are in that peoples mood just isn’t as elevated as it once was. Maybe you can look back to your personal life and see things that affect your mood. Maybe you worry, maybe you in some cases even feel down. I have heard Tim say many times that we can not for certain know what someone is thinking, and that is absolutely true. Each of us have our own stresses and our own obstacles to overcome. What are some things we should remember from the word of God when we face times of stress and temptation?

Our temptations are not unique to us: Paul reminds the church at Corinth that there is ““No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor 10:13). In any trial or temptation we may face in our life, it is of great comfort to know that others have faced these situations and come through it in faithful service to God.

Even our Lord endured temptations: The Hebrew writer reminds us that Jesus was “in all points tempted, just like we, yet without sin” (Heb 4:15).

We have each other to lean on in times of trouble:  There are more blessings to being in the family of God than we could ever count. One of the great blessings is that we know that we ALWAYS have someone there to help pick us up when we are down, and that there are others who we can help lift up when they are down. Paul reminds the Galatians to “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:2)

Remember God has promised that our faithfulness will be rewarded: Jesus in His own words states to “be faithful unto death, and so receive the crown of life” (Rev 2:10). The idea of remaining faithful is not just during the good times, it’s during all times.  Our trials and temptations may seem overwhelming sometimes, but in the grand scheme of things, they are very short lived. Our service to God, is an eternal commitment.

Ande Z