For many Americans and people around this great nation of ours this has been a year to forget rather than a year to remember. We’ve have had tragedies from the death of famous celebrities such as Whitney Houston to Michael Clark Duncan. We have also had tsunamis all over the Asian Pacific as well as Hurricans Sandy which struck the northeast leaving many of our brothers and sisters dead from the flooding waters and months later people are still without fresh water, food, power, gas, clothes, and adequate maedical supplies and assistants to say the least.
The devastation has left hundreds of thousands of people in a state of turmoil and desperation and yet the rebuilding process has only begun. So we send our special prayers to all families affected by all the above tragedies mentioned and for any loss of a loved one this year under any circumstances. It’s hard to lose a loved one and it is just as hard having to start all over after you have lost everything that you’d ever owned or possessed in your entire life. For many people that means the loss of a job or home and in some instances both. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, meaning because of your job loss your marriage has failed and your children are dispersed all over the state living with relatives, friends, or in-laws. This too can cause a traumatic effect a marriage-relationship and on the children as well from their grades slipping or them acting out because they don’t understand that the things they once took for granted such as their own rooms now have become someone’s couch in which everyhone sits and entertain company. You can say that in this case everybody’s world has turned upside down.
So how does one cope with this suddenly and unexpected disruption in their lives. I mean what remedy besides an income can truly put things back to where they once were? Scriptures tells us that we are “to be of good cheer” and to fear not. Yet in this flesh this carnal mindset how can we not fear or be encouraged when all hell has broke lose all around you and there’s no help coming? Simply by faith my beloved; it is the ultimate remedy for all cures in this world we live in. C.S. Spurgeon said it this way, “for faith is the wealth in the heavenly life”. The bigger your faith will deermined the size of your grace. Nothing is too hard for our God that we may go through only if we just excercise our faith. This may sound undoable when bill collectors are constantly calling and eviction notices are on the front door yet we must endure through our strength, patience and belief.
David had feared when he was king and was on the run for his life from his own son, it was then in the wilderness when he had time with God that he came up with the 23 psalms where he said “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me your rod and your staff, they comfort me” (psams 23:4).
The women married to the prophet under Elisha remembered, who once fear the creditors who had come to take her 2 sons in bondage cried to Elisha saying she had nothing but a bit of oil and was given a command by Elishsa to collect vessels from her neighbors and to pour the oil that she had into the vessels was instantly and suddenly by faith able to gather enough oil not only to pay the creditors but she also had enough to live off on her and her sons.
You see faith plays a major role in you being delivered from anything that you may be going through right now this year. Faith gives you the blessings through grace while God gets the glory and what a trade off that is; you get something while earning nothing! It is by His will that we accept our fate and trust that God knows what’s best for you and for me. We must trust that all things are possible t
hrough Christ if only we be of good cheer. Joshua 1:9 says, ” have I not command you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord Your God will be with you wherever you go”. It must be clear that even if you have lost everything that God has a greater thing in store for you and for your family trust and believe. No His ways are not like ours but thank God for loving me enough to lead me through a path of rightoeusness. Sometimes that may mean closing one door to open a new one to began the next chapter in your life. And that in itself is an exciting place to be, so have faith and be encouraged for our God will surely guide you through a richer and brighter day.
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”.