In His Praise — August 12, 2018

Are you familiar with the man called Job in the Bible? There is a whole book about him in the Old Testament. Job was a Godly man and God had blessed him with a fine family, health and wealth. It seemed that Job had everything one might desire. But God allowed all of Job’s earthly possessions to be taken from him. He lost his family, his wealth and his health. 

Can anybody relate to this story? Many  times in life it seems that things are going just the way we want and then something happens to change our situation. We may not lose everything like Job did. But sickness, loss of a job, a death of a family member can have a devastating effect on us. In times like these we may be tempted to blame God or turn away from Him, but let’s take a closer look at Job and perhaps we can learn from him.

Job’s friends questioned what he had done to deserve such treatment. Job’s wife encouraged him to curse God and die. But Job remained faithful to God. In chapter 27, verse 8 Job says, “For what hope has the godless when he is cutoff.” Job knew that God would not change, that God was still with him and that God was his hope and strength. Although Job’s circumstances had changed, his relationship with God had not. It was that faith and hope that got Job through his trials.

Now what does this story have to do with us? We too go through trials and tribulations. It may seem that all is lost or there is no one that cares. But God is always there to help and to see us through difficult times. 

God never changes and never leaves us and that is good news!

In His Praise — July 29, 2018

Have you ever stood on the beach with your back to the ocean as the waves come rushing in? Most of the time you will be knocked down. Anyone that has been to the beach can probably say that this has happened to them at one time or another. It is usually not a fun experience to be blindsided by such a force. But, on the other hand, if you turn and face the ocean you can see the waves coming toward you. Then you can jump the waves and you will rise above them.

Rev. Nickles used this analogy today to explain that trials in life are the same way. If we are not watching carefully we can be knocked down by the waves of life. Hard times, bad decisions, wrong moves can all have devastating results. But if we face the trials (waves) of life with God’s help, we can rise above them. 

Romans 10:13 tells us that “everyone that calls upon the Lord will be saved.”

So when trials and hard times like waves on the ocean come your way, don’t be knocked down. Claim this promise! Call on the name of Jesus, let Him help you face your difficulties and rise above them.