Posts Tagged ‘problems’

Cast Your Cares

June 15, 2015

We are called to be different from the world.  Our American culture tells us to be proud, independent, even rebellious. God calls us to a different lifestyle.

I Peter 5:5-11

Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for

“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”

6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 10 But may the God of all grace, who called us[d] to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. 11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen

I.  Submissive

This is not a quality that we like to emphasize as Americans,  It goes against our stubborn individualism.  Yet, learning to be submissive to those in authority can generally be a good idea.  As children we should submit to our parents.  As students we should submit to our teachers.  As workers we should submit to our bosses.  This should not mean a blind obedience, but a willing recognition of who is in charge.  As I told my boys when they got their first jobs “As long as it isn’t illegal or immoral, you do what your boss tells you to do.”  With a son now working in construction, I might add “or breaks the safety rules.”.

In the verses above, we are told to submit to one another.  It does not always have to be our way.  We need to be willing to think of others.  It should not be a matter of jostling for superiority, but rather  we should be considerate of each other.

Most of all we should be submissive to God.  Even as Jesus prayed, so we too should pray “not my will, but yours be done.

II.  Humilty

Pride is a dangerous trait for Christians.  Pride is a sin itself, and can lead to all kinds of other sins.  It can create dissatisfaction and strife when we think that we are better than others, or that we deserve more than we are receiving.  We must guard against pride.

This does not mean that we should think that we are worthless.  We are, after all, made in God’s image.  We are the “children of the king”.  We should seek a balance in understanding who we are in Christ.

III.  Cast Your Cares

It is a wonderful thing to be able to bring our concerns to God and leave them in His care.  God loves us and is able to help us in our time of need.  We need to place our trust in Him.  This also applies to our concerns for our children, or grandchildren.  Those situations are sometimes even more concerning, because we have less control.  We can bring our needs, and the needs of others to God in prayer, knowing that He loves us, our families and our friends.  We can indeed cast our cares upon Him, for He does care for us.

IV.  Resist

We need to be watchful for the attacks of the devil.  He will try to destroy us if he can by leading us astray.  It will be a little here, a little there, until one day we find that we have strayed far from the path that God intends for us.  We must be watchful, stand firm, endure suffering if necessary for the time being, knowing that God rewards those who faithfully serve Him.

V. Completion

Our tests and struggles will one day come to an end.  We will be able to say with Paul, that we have ‘finished the race’.  It is God who is working in us, and He finishes what He starts.  (Philippians 1:6)

VI.  To the Glory of God

Our lives are completed, not for our glory, but for the glory of God.  If it were not for the grace of God we would remain in our sins.  All that is accomplished in us or through us is by the grace of God and for the glory of God.

As Christians were are to have a different mind-set than the people in the world.  We are to recognize submissiveness and humility as desirable traits.  We are to place our confidence in God, rather than ourselves or others.  We are to resist the attacks of the Devil and allow God to complete His work in us.  All for the glory of God

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A Brief Scare

September 13, 2011

We have been looking for a camper trailer for two years.  We were looking for some specific things.  We wanted a hard shell, no pop-ups.  We wanted a bathroom, a dinette and a separate bed that could be left up.  It needed to fit our budget, (which was pretty small)  be less than 3000 pounds, and not more than 30 years old.

It took two years, but we finally found one.

On the drive home, with the trailer in tow, we had a problem.  A couple of miles from home the van started to shake a little,  then there was a loud bang and the engine started making a very loud noise.  I pulled over thinking that I had blown either the engine or the transmission, the very problem we were trying to avoid by keeping the weight under 3000.

For the moment, it seemed as though our new purchase had cost us our van.  That wasn’t what we had planned, or hoped for, in our search.  Our joy was seriously dampened.

It turned out to be that a spark plug core  had blown out.  I didn’t even know such a thing could happen.  The fix was to simply replace the plug.

I thank God for watching over us, helping us find the right camper, and protecting our van.

God is good.

Thanks for Today

June 2, 2011

Thanksgiving should not be just one day a year.  Each and every day we have a multitude of things for which we should be thankful.  If we have sufficient food to eat, a place to sleep, clothes to wear; if we have friends in our life, family who care for us, a meaningful way to spend our time: if we are still able to appreciate beauty of sound, vision, or action; there are so many things for which to be thankful.

Most of all, as Christians we have the presence of God in our life.  We have an opportunity to live in a relationship with the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the creator of the universe.

He loves us.

What more do we need?

We do have problems, challenges that we face day by day in this life.  They may be financial, or health related,  they may be work or relationship orientated, there are many complications in life.  We do not face these challenges alone, God is with us.  He will give us wisdom to know what to do, strength to do what we must,  and He will be with us at all times.

We can give thanks for today, and we can trust God for tomorrow.

Blending of the Good and Bad

November 24, 2010

Tonight is the first night of a three-day celebration of Thanksgiving.

This year is an interesting blend of emotions for me.  I have recently been diagnosed with some form of heart trouble and the future is uncertain.  There have been a variety of tests and I am scheduled to meet with my cardiologist soon to figure out what it all means.  One thing is certain.  Life has changed.

I am thankful for the many things with which  that the Lord has blessed me and my family.  I am most thankful for his presence in our lives and the confidence that he gives us to face an uncertain future.

As I sat at the computer to write this post, the roof over my head sprung a leak.  I cannot help but know that, although the problems seem to increase, the grace of God is always sufficient.

The turkey is almost done.

It smells good.

Focus

November 17, 2009

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NKJ

There is a lot wrong with this world. For many of us, there are a lot of problems and challenges that we face each day.  The simple message of this mornings post is to remind us all to look for, and focus on, the positive things in life.  There are always bad things, wrong things, etc.  but there are also always good things.

Look for the good and  focus on that.  Especially at the end of the day, when you are lying in bed, before sleep; instead of wrestling again with the problems of the day, thank God for the blessings.

Looking for the Silver Lining

August 13, 2009

As a child when I was feeling disappointed I would be told “Every cloud has a silver lining.”  As a Christian adult I hold onto Romans 8:28 “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.” (NKJ)

Sometimes we are able to see how things work together, and other times that “silver lining” is pretty ellusive. 

I like to be able to understand, to be able to connect the dots and see the picture of what is going on, but when I cannot see, I can still believe.

God loves me. 

I love God.

God is good.

All things work together for good. 

I do not have to understand.  I only have to believe, to have faith in God.

In faith, we can find peace, a peace that passes understanding; a peace that is not of this world, and that this world cannot take away.