God is always the Answer

There is absolutely no challenge too small nor too large for God.  This morning I was reminded how “depression” is widespread and talked about in advertisements and articles. Any time I have felt discouraged, I pray with Psalm 40:2-3 which reads “He lifted me out of the slimy pit,  out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”

To think we can go to God with any and all things is such security and nothing the world offers can compete with that sense of security.  As I was thinking of the slimy pit, I also thought that there is no need to go to rock bottom because we can turn to God at anytime.  We can always say “Thus far and no farther”.

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The Answer

“The Answer” is a poem by Maxine Le Pelley which is definitely worth reading.

“In the words of the young man whom Jesus met,  he too asked: ‘Lord, what lack I yet?’ What do I need to heal this case and error’s picture to erase?  Do I need more humility, More meekness, and less vanity?  Lack I still yet a motive pure, A little faith that will endure?  Is it more gratitude I need, More honesty of thought and deed?  What is my need, all else above?  The answer came, ‘To love, to love!'”

When my heart is filled with Love, the answer is always obvious, but when it is dark, I can neither see nor  feel love.  Habakkuk 3: 17-19 states “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.”  We are receptive to all Good when we continue to love more and our Good multiplies!  The answer then is always simple.  Just love more.

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Temple Called Beautiful

One of the stories we studied this past week was the one of Peter and John seeing the man lame from his birth at the gate of the Temple called Beautiful, found in Acts 3: 1-9.  This morning at church our soloist sang “Peter and John” which was written by Mindy Jostyn and Jacob Brackman.  The first verse follows:

“With eyes to the ground and a held-out palm

Asking for pity, begging for alms, a desolate cripple from his birth, no reason for hope, no sense of worth.  Who should he see but Peter and John at the door of the temple, where upon he cried, ‘Hey, have you got any change to spare?’

Peter stopped him cold with a powerful stare.

Now do you believe this story?  I do with all my mind.  What was true that day is true today.  I, too, have been that blind.”

How very often have we experiences challenges and think “money” is the answer.  Are if we are in pain, think if the pain would just go away, we would be fine.  Shouldn’t we just quieten our thoughts, turn to God and listen for the still, small voice which always contains directions!  This solo just bought this alive for me today!

The second verse was

“Peter and John came to his side.  Peter smiled and said, ‘Look me in the eye.  We don’t have a farthing, a dime, or a sou but what we have, we give to you.’  They helped him to rise, told him he could stand.  ‘In the name of Jesus, walk like a man.’  His ankles grew firm and though he shook, he took the first steps he ever took.

Now do you believe this story?  I do, with all my heart.  What was true that day is true today. I too will rise and walk.”

Into the temple marched all three, the beggar beside himself with glee.  Dancing and leaping and praising the Lord while the congregation was completely floored.  No do you believe this story?  I do, with all my soul.  What was true that day is true today.  I, too, will be made whole.”

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Listening to God

It always amazes me when God answers a prayer after I have completely released the problem to Him.  This morning I was reading an article about “Praying for the earth’s oceans” and was drawn to a paragraph talking about all the debris.  It read, “I reasoned that I didn’t need to dwell on what others seemed to be doing wrong or to come up with ways to remedy their behavior.  Instead, I first needed to acknowledge God as the infinite, only divine cause of the universe, and to recognize that God, divine Love, is expressing harmony in man and the universe.  This change in my own thinking required a humble yielding, a complete trust in God’s constant law of goodness.”

A light came on and I realized this was what I needed to see!  I certainly wasn’t reading this article for the solution of a challenge in my life.  As I studied this paragraph, I knew this was my answer and I will leave the so-called problem in God’s hands.

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