“To be grateful for an unanswered prayer, to give thanks in a state of interior desolation, to trust in the love of God in the face of the marvels, cruel circumstances, obscenities, and commonplaces of life is to whisper a doxology in darkness.” 1
1 Manning, Brennan. Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2002. Print. p. 37.
This week 1000’s of hearts have been drawn to God through tragedy and suffering. Olivia Mills’ life of commitment to Christ Jesus before her accident has given God a launching board to proclaim His glory. Over 36,000 are following Pray for Olivia Mills and 1000’s more will probably follow. Some things to think about.
1. God is drawing masses of people to Himself. (John 6:44)
2. If you are not a believer, God is drawing you to salvation that can only be found in Christ Jesus. (Luke 19:10).
3. If you are a believer that has drifted away, God is calling you back to Himself through Christ Jesus. (Rev 2:4-5)
4. If you are a believer walking in a love relationship with Christ Jesus, talk with those being drawn about their relationship with Christ Jesus. (Matt. 28:19-20)
Years ago, a friend ask me why no one put Psalm 22:1 on a T-shirt. I was unlearned as to what that verse said so I asked,
“What does it say?”
“My God, my God,
why have you forsaken me?”
We live in a world and a Christian culture where those words are taboo. It is ungodly to ask such a question, isn’t it? Maybe not! Jesus said the same words on the Cross (Matt 27:46). The Psalmist felt like God had left him and turned deaf to his cries. He felt trouble and alone. Is there a more miserable place to be? He felt physical exhaustion and a melted heart. He was at the bottom but he continues that he will proclaim and praise God “in the midst of the congregation”. He knew God had “not hidden his face from him”. He knew God had “heard when he cried to him”. He knew he would “be satisfied”. He knew his kingship “belongs to the Lord”.
If you put Psalm 22:1 on a t-shirt you must put it on the front because that is the beginning of the song not the end. On the back you must put the last verse,
“His righteous acts will be told
to those not yet born.
They will hear about everything
he has done.”
It is not what we feel that matters the most. It is what we know.
I’m thankful for life, YOUR
Lord, Jesus Christ
My kids have jobs
Alabama is #2
The change of seasons
The colors of fall
The holiday season
Time with family
A warm fire
Sex (this is not in order of importance)
Food (again this is not in order of importance)
Hot water and city water
A flushing toilet
The stars on a clear night
Sunrises and sunsets
THINGS I MISS TODAY Momma
There is more, but I gotta start cooking
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mac & Cheese
I ask you to read this prayer and if you agree, pray this prayer.
“Holy Spirit we needYOU to invade our lives. Not buildings but in the lives of your children. Into the hearts of dads and moms, sons and daughters, grand moms and grand dads, employers and employees, singles and married. Into faith families across our land. We need YOU to draw us with YOUR strong strength. We need YOU to soften that which we have allowed to become hardened. We need hearts to be healed. Marriages to be strengthened. Bondages to be broken. We need YOU to teach us. We need YOU to help us remember whose we are. We need YOU to magnify Christ through every song we sing, every prayer we pray, ever word that is spoken, every opportunity to participate with you. We need freedom. We need YOUR Word to EXPLODE from the pages of our Bibles into the core of our being. We need to remove everything that hinders. We need YOU to break down every barrier that we have allowed to be raised between YOU and us. Break down those barriers that we have constructed and those we have allowed others to construct. We need honesty, transparency and healing. We do not desire to just do life, family or church. We desire YOUR life, godly families and obedient faith families. We desire to be YOUR church, YOUR body, bringing YOU glory, praise and honor. Please accept our weak offering and use it. Right now please begin to draw us with YOUR strong strength. May this time be YOURS. I come to YOU as YOUR child, not in ignorance but in simplicity. I love YOU. In Jesus name and under His blood. Amen.”
This question comes to my mind because I think you are usually diligent in the things you really think you need. If you are hungry, you diligently seek food. If you are thirsty, you diligently seek something to drink. If your health takes a sudden turn for the worse, you diligently seek medical care. I think most of us live as if we don’t need God on the everyday basis. He has become a part of our life instead of our life. We take care of the God stuff on Sunday. We might give Him a passing glance during the week. We might pick up our bibles or spend a moment in prayer. If God totally stepped out of your spiritual life right now, how long would it take for you to notice (other than you would die). How much thought have you given Him today? Really? We live as if we really don’t need God because deep within we feel like we can handle life. Most of the wrecks in our life are our own doing but somehow God is to blame. If someone came up to you and asked you this question what would your answer be?