Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In Udder Words Tuesday~~~~ Safe Travels

If we never had any trouble, we wouldn’t need any faith     Joyce Meyers

Stop for a minute and imagine life without any trouble. Oh, you can? Good for you but I said life not heaven. It’s easy to think of Heaven as being trouble free but picturing life that way takes a little more of an effort with a tremendous imagination.

As trouble seems to come in degrees there are some who have tasted a lot more trouble than others. If this is so, then does that mean that faith comes in degrees too? Not really. The amount of faith we receive from going through troubled times depend on our hearts and how willing we are to trust in the Lord for safe travels.

In Psalm 34:17 it says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” Praise the Lord for that but notice our part we need to play? Our part is making sure we are in right standing with God. The path to that accomplishment is faith. Too often we like to live our lives as we see fit then when trouble comes we cry out to God “expecting” deliverance.

The difference between a righteous person and a non-righteous person is the fact that the righteous person believes God will deliver them. The non-righteous person simply expects it to happen with no effort on their part. Surprisingly enough it doesn’t work that way.

Being surrounded by troubles produces the fruit of faith. Honestly if we didn’t need to lean on Jesus, if we didn’t need to have Him see us through our troubles we wouldn’t need faith. Surprisingly enough it doesn’t work that way, oh did I say that before? It’s true. We are designed to need Jesus whether we want to admit it or not. Our troubles point us in His direction and give us the little bit of nudge we need to walk forward towards Him.

Whether we want to believe it or not we are the source of a great deal of our troubles. Our attitudes, our selfish desires, our greed, our stubbornness gets us into a whirl of trouble. It doesn’t matter if our troubles are self-inflicted or brought on by the world around us the solution is still the same and that is having faith in Jesus. Faith that He is there, listening to our cries, helping us out of the mire and pits we find ourselves in to. Our part is to up the degree of our faith not the temperature of the trouble we are fighting against by choosing wrong attitudes and spontaneous solutions that don’t work in the long run.

Having Christ in our lives doesn’t assure us a trouble free life. However, what it gives us is safe travels through them with an outcome that is good for all eternity, our faith.

Praise the Lord we have a way out, Praise the Lord we have Jesus.

© 2012 Karen J Gillett @ Pencil Marks and Recipes Publishing       In Udder Words Tuesday


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