This is my first week of the new Bible study, No Other Gods, by Kelly Minter. I admire this young woman who writes Bible studies and is wise beyond her young years.
Today, as I was reading a verse from the study, I had an epiphany. I know I have read 2 Corinthians many times. Why is this verse is not highlighted, circled or in some way marked as choice tidings like so many other verses in my Bible? But it wasn’t. It lay there on the page as a fresh Word to be discovered and assimilated. Perhaps it struck a resonating chord today because of the conversation I had last night with two sweet young friends.
After Little Flock Celebration Choir practice last night, two young women came into my office where I was gathering my coat and bag. They came just to chat with me. I can’t began to tell you on paper, I mean on computer screen, how very dear these young friends are to me. At my grandmotherly age, having young women who want to hang around and talk is a treasure I hold close to my heart.
As women will do, we talked here and there and everywhere. It was one of those conversations that would be hard to keep up with unless you possess the xx chromosomes of femininity. (Please guys, don’t take offense. It’s just the way we girls are made.)
The conversation turned to trials and troubles, our own and those of others. We all have them. Problems are no respecter of persons or age categories. And we wondered why they come and must be endured?
Don’t you wonder why sometimes? I certainly have wondered and questioned and felt the frustration of not getting the answer. I’ve had to settle with knowing my God has His reasons and that one day, in a place far better than I am now, He will explain, or either I will be so overwhelmed and delighted in His presence that I won’t even care to know anymore.
And so I wake this morning to find a nugget of gold in my Bible study. Second Corinthians 1:9 records Paul’s counsel to the church and to me, and perhaps to you. Under inspiration from God, he wrote:
“Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who rasies the dead.” (NIV, emphasis mine)
An answer to my question has been right there all the time.
I can attest to and confess that I have tried relying on myself quite a number of times, only to realize I was not up to the task. When I turned to my Father, after attempting and failing, I found He was more than able and His grace quite sufficient.
I am encouraged this morning by the words of a loving God who cares about my quandaries. He spoke directly into my heart today. I won’t say much more except to give one more companion verse I found while looking for the other one. I looked in First Corinthians 1:9 before I realized I was in the wrong book. It is equally good, and for me, follows on the heals of the other one. It says:
“God, Who has called you into fellowship with His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.”
Faithful! Oh that word conjures up memories of His faithfulness to me in the past, time after time after time.
Wow, I just want to shout “glory” this morning! There is a purpose in my trials and troubles. He has not left me alone to struggle by myself. He has called me into fellowship with Jesus. And He is the faithful God who will do what He has promised.
I am filled up with courage today. I hope you are too.
Please leave a comment.
Tell me how God has been faithful to you in your trials. I want to rejoice with you.
Faithful oh so faithful to me, looking back his Love and Blessings I see..There certainly have been many, many, many, questions that have come from theses lips. I’ve yelled WHY???? more times than I want to admit. So many times he’s said,” You’ll understand it better some day.” I like my grandaughter will say, I want to know now. I’m glad God is Loving and patient with me. Because I can be persistent in my need for answers. On some ocassions I recieve answers instantly, but usually I have learned it is in his time, not mine. Faithful yes he is. He never is far, teaching me, guiding me, and comforting me.Just as he has promised. He’s faithful in the valleys and on the mountain top. I find him true to his word, my faithful friend. What a friend I have in Jesus. Blessings Peggy. Encouraging words. Thank you.
That is my favorite, well one of my favorite songs, Elaine. “He’s been faithful, faithful to me . . . ” Sometimes it requires moving forward to see how God was there all the time, working things for our good and his glory.
I always tell people, “The pressure you feel is how He forms diamonds.” Just think, it’s a clear stone that originated from black coal. The pressure it has experienced causes it to be so brilliant and desired simply because it now reflects the light the best!
Good analogy, Teri. I like that.
I hope you won’t mind that I use some of your words in my “thought” today…Thank you!
I don’t mind at all, Sharon. I hope it blesses someone.