Acts 14:17 (GNT)
But he has always given evidence of his existence by the good things he does: he gives you rain from heaven and crops at the right times; he gives you food and fills your hearts with happiness.”
Family, in a world where planes have gone missing and shot down, innocent people killed, wars fought over religious differences, young girls kidnapped, black men harassed and killed by law enforcement, innocent children left in sweltering cars, inner-city violence, and personal pain/struggle, its easy to be discouraged and shout, “GOD WHERE ARE YOU?!”
If we can keep it real for a few seconds, after reading the newspaper, watching the news, scrolling through our timelines, and dealing with the stuff in our own lives, sometimes it seems as if God doesn’t exist! Sometimes, it seems as if God is either on vacation, or not real! Be honest! Raise your hand, if you’ve ever felt like this before? I HAVE!!!
Well, I want to encourage you today, by reminding you and everyone reading this blog, that GOD is all around us! Now, I hate be cliché–ish, but have you ever stopped to seriously think about the simple things of life? For instance, who woke you up this morning? How do our bodies manage to heal themselves? How is it that everything in nature works in concert together? How is it that Earth spins perfectly on its axis? How is it that you’ve made it to where you are today and some of your friends didn’t? Why did you get hired for the job? Why didn’t you get sick? Why didn’t you get caught? How come you got the scholarship? Why did you get the loan? How come you didn’t get harmed in the car accident? How did you make it out the hood’ and your friends didn’t?
I’m sure that there are many many more questions that you could ask, but more than likely, they might go unanswered! The only answer I have to my questions, is to look at the evidence! For me and my life, all of the unexplained blessings i’ve received in my, are just trails, clues, and the fingerprints of God’s evidence in my life! For me, it all leads to God!
Today, I challenge you to look at the evidence from a God’s eye view!
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Each and every one of these are nagging and beyond irritating! Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of cramps in my athletic days… not the most exciting time of my life!
Needless to say, just like cramps, splinters, and paper cuts, there are times when we deal with life issues and challenges that are just as nagging and irritating, if not more. Just like those cramps, splinters, and cuts, there are times when we deal with personal problems, struggles, issues, pain, addictions, shortcomings, thoughts, tragedies, and/or people that nag and irritate us. Unfortunately, unlike cramps, splinters, and paper cuts, these irritants seem to never go away!
This is not only human nature, but this is also biblical. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, the Apostle Paul writes:
“7 Even considering the exceptional character of the revelations. Therefore, to keep[a] me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.[b] 8 Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, 9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power[c] is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10 Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
In other words, Paul had his own (thorn) personal struggle, issue, habit, addiction, or cramp that he dealt with! He never explicitly tells us what his “thorn” was, but we know it never left him. It was a constant nag and irritant in his life to remind him of his humanity and imperfection. However, what I like about Paul is, he chose to boast and be glad/happy, in spite of what he had to deal with! He was glad/happy, because he had faith that God would give him the strength and grace to be effective and useful, even in his shortcomings.
SO……..no matter your “thorn” or issue in life, choose to be HAPPY, because GOD will give you all the power, strength, ability, grace, and courage you need to BE who God has called you to BE!