Little meaning in life!

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Feb 062018
 

“But I said, “I have laboured to no purpose; I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing. Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God” (Isaiah 49:4). 

Have you ever felt like you’re spending your life using your talent for nothing?

Life is often spent doing mundane activities that seem to have little eternal purpose.

The great prophet Isaiah was struggling with his own purpose.

He knew he was chosen to be a voice for God-

– yet life became purposeless for Isaiah. 

We all go through periods when our purpose seems to be clouded with the mundane.

We see little meaning in life! 

On the other hand-

Isaiah didn’t stay in this place.  

We read in this passage that he knew the truth of his existence.

He could look past his present circumstance and know that his real reward and purpose would be revealed in eternity.  

He knew that God was just and fair-

– so he placed his faith on this truth. 

When life appears to lack meaning and purpose-

– remember that if you devote your life to the purposes He has for you,

– the fruits of your labour will be manifested in due time. 

“The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24). 

(PA)

 

Be of good courage!

 Discouragement  Comments Off on Be of good courage!
Sep 172017
 

Paul had gone to Jerusalem to preach the gospel.

He was locked up in a cold, damp, dark prison cell.

I’m sure that on his first night there, he was a discouraged man.

Why do I say that?

Because of the Lord’s words to him:

“Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome” (Acts 23:11).

The phrase “be of good cheer” could also be translated, “be of good courage.”

In Scripture, whenever an angel of the Lord would appear and say, “Fear not,” it was usually because someone was afraid at that given moment.

So I conclude that when the Lord himself told Paul, “Be of good courage,”-

– he needed a special word of encouragement at that particular moment.

Acts 23:11 includes this important detail:

“But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Be of good cheer…”

The Lord stood by him.

Sometimes, it may seem as though the Lord is the only one standing by us.

But if everyone else had abandoned Paul, Jesus was company enough.

If all others despised him, the smile of Jesus was approval enough.

Though his circumstances were less than ideal, I am sure Paul knew that it was better to be in jail with the Lord than anywhere else without Him.

Jesus is there in your prison as well.

For some, it might be a literal prison cell.

For others, it might be the prison of a hospital room or the prison of confusion or mourning.

Whatever or wherever that prison is in your life, Jesus is standing by you.

And He is saying, “Be of good courage!”

(PA)

Jun 282017
 

“The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves” (Psalm 93:3).

What do you do when you find yourself threatened by the floods of wickedness?

What did the psalmist do?

He looked at God’s throne!

“The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty. The Lord is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved. Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting.” v. 1.

No waves or floods can disturb the throne of God.

But often we don’t look high enough.

We see the floods, but we don’t see God.

We see the waves getting higher and higher, and we don’t lift up our eyes by faith and see the eternal, established, secure, strong throne of God.

He heard God’s testimonies!!

He didn’t listen to the sound of the waves.

Today, you might hear a lot of threatening sounds.

Don’t pay any attention to them.

“Your testimonies are very sure.” v. 5.

The psalmist heard God’s testimonies and said, “I can trust the Word of God.”

He remembered God’s trust-worthiness!!!

Peter when he walked on the water.Matt. 14:28-31.

He took his eyes off the Lord and forgot His promise.

Jesus said to him, “Come!”

That’s all Peter needed.

He should have said to himself, “If Jesus says, ‘Come,’ I can come!”

Because-

His commandments are always His empowerments!

God’s throne is established!

And His testimony is sure!!

When you see the flood approaching-

Lift your eyes higher to see the throne of God.

Open your ears to hear His Word.

Fearing any flood?

Put your faith to work and trust His promises of power and protection!

(PA)

Jun 202017
 

In the book Prozac Nation-

Elizabeth Wurtzel describes her experiences with chronic depression.

Unfortunately-

Depression is an experience common to many people.

Life can be terribly unfair, terribly tragic!

That’s why many people like Elizabeth have sought relief from antidepressants like Prozac.

There are those who feel that being a Christian makes you somehow immune to depression.

If you happen to fall into the pit of despair,you’re not very ‘spiritual’ are you?

Such judgments add a load of guilt to a person who is already miserable.

For those who struggle with feelings of depression-

– there’s bad news and good news.

The bad news is that such feelings are a fact of life in this broken world.

Some disappointments or tragedies can leave a person depressed.

The good news!

You are not alone.

As Psalm 73 (and many other passages) clearly shows, even God’s chosen people experience anxiety, despair, and darkness in their soul.

If Psalm 73 doesn’t convince you-

– check out Elijah’s story (1 Kings 19) and Jesus’ experience in Gethsemane.

Matthew 26 speaks of Jesus’ soul being ‘crushed with grief to the point of death.’ v. 38.

Depression that lasts for a long time indicates a need for counselling.

There is nothing unusual or unspiritual about-

– ‘walking through the dark valley’ from time to time.

When you are caught in one of those unpleasant times, don’t add guilt to your load!

Just trust that God knows what’s up and will help you through this situation!

(PA)

Apr 092017
 

“Who is among you that fears the Lord, that obeys the voice of his servant? He that walks in darkness and has no light, let him trust in the name of the Lord and rely upon his God” (Isa. 50:10).

What shall the believer do in times of darkness?

Times of darkness come to the faithful and believing disciple who is walking obediently in the will of God;

– seasons when he does not know what to do, nor which way to turn.

The sky is overcast with clouds.

The clear light of Heaven does not shine upon his pathway.

One feels as if he were groping his way in darkness.

Is that you?

What shall the believer do in times of darkness?

Listen!

“Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and rely upon his God.”

The first thing to do is do nothing.

This is hard for poor human nature to do.

There is a saying that runs thus:

“When you’re rattled, don’t rush!”

In other words, “When you don’t know what to do, don’t do it.”

We are to simply trust God.

While we trust, God will work.

The peace of God must quiet our minds and rest our hearts.

We must put our hand in the hand of God like a little child!

And let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love!!

He knows:

The way out of the woods!

Let us climb up into His arms!

And trust Him to do the needful!!

Remember!

We are never without a pilot when we know not how to steer.

(PA)