By God’s Grace You’ll Make It!
The Bible speaks of ‘...Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. Through faith they fought whole countries and won. They did what was right and received what God had promised. They shut the mouths of lions, put out fierce fires, escaped being killed by the sword. They were weak, but became strong they were mighty in battle and defeated the armies of foreigners.’ (Hebrews 11:32–34 GNT) Who were these people? Jephthah was a social outcast born to an unmarried mum. Samuel was a great prophet but a terrible parent. David wrote the Psalms but had an affair. ‘...They were weak, but became strong ...’ Notice, they didn’t start out strong, they became strong. And if they can make it, you can too! For reasons God never explains, He chooses to work through people like us. He places us in difficult situations then unlocks our faith, compassion and creativity. When we don’t know which way to go, He connects us with those who can open the right door at the right time. Does that mean we won’t experience fear? No, progress has always been made by people who faced their fears and rose above them. Opportunity and security are opposites. If the challenge you’re facing doesn’t place a demand on your faith, it neither pleases God nor involves Him. Phillips Brooks said, ‘Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger people. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.’