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The following is a post from John T Brown's Scotwise Blog. This was
John's Sunday Sermon post from May 14th, 2006. We ask if we could
repost it and share it with our readers. John was kind enough to agree.
Wow what a short, yet important message. Personally I know that I have been at this point of desperate longing several times. In fact, I am currently there now in one area of my life. Simply there are times when only a movement from God can and will suffice to solve our problems. Human plans, ideas, concepts, etc will only get us so far, and our best plans will always come up short in the end.
Tough times should bring us to our knees. Tough times make us yearn for a mercy drop from God. They drive us to scream out to God. We yell out - move God or move me - and mean it. Our prayers no longer are surface and bland, but are deep, soulful, and real.
We must remember that we are not some island in the galaxy. Tough times reveal that to us. In the end, rough times show us that we are loved, that we are cared for,that we are nourished, and that we are not alone, even if we feel none of the above at the moment.
The human heart, and the emotions that come
with it, are not true and pure. No matter what our emotions say, God truly is there, He is moving, and He is
working. The truth is that sometimes we need tough times where we will call on God, thus allowing us to focus on seeing His mighty
hand at work. Our lack of appreciation, and / or notice, day in and out does not
negate the work of God, nor the power He has over my days. Tough times are just what make us slow down enough sometimes to see God at work.
Sure it may be serious, sure it may be stressful, painful, hurtful, etc, but once you really begin to petition God over it you will begin to feel the power of God in the situation, and that will move you from a place of anxious waiting to a place of peaceful rest. God is moving, He has a plan, and He is about His work. That work does involve you if you are called by His name. He has not forgotten or forsaken you, even if you feel He has. Yearn for the power of the cross today, not the power of your burden and your problems. Today switch burdens with God. Take on His yoke as His burden is light. Let Him take on your burderns aS He can easily handle it.
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