Fence Post of Faith May 2015

 

Your Father in Heaven…makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (MATTHEW 5:45)

 

Its one thing to know that you are entering a challenging seasons and facing a test of discouragement. You can mentally prepare for those trials. But what about the difficulties you do not see coming? What about life’s unexpected illnesses, or sudden death of a loved one, and other tragedies and crises that catch us totally unprepared and off guard? They can be overwhelming, even devastating. They come out of nowhere and suddenly our lives are turned upside down.

       Many families have had its share of unexpected hits, and the month of May is a good month to remember those love ones. Renea’s Mom Ramona Beech was always the friendly face you seen in the office when checking in at a Barrelbash. But her untimely death 2008 was a shock for Doc, Renea, Robin and Becky. Their whole families were affected, you can only imagine how it turned their life upside down. We were all affected to some degree, for many years to come they had to deal with the physical and emotional impact it left on their lives.

    We all have to deal with unexpected tragedies and trauma. Being a believer doesn’t exempt you from life’s turbulent times.

     The scripture says that the Father “sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” When you find yourself facing a crisis, it’s easy to give up your happiness, panic and fall apart. But you have to realize that crisis is not a surprise to God. It may be unexpected to us, but God knows the end from the beginning. God has solutions to problems that we haven’t even had. And God would not have allowed the difficulty unless He had a divine purpose for it.

      You have to remember, you are in a controlled environment. It may seem that your circumstances are out of control, but the Creator of the universe is in complete control. He has you in the palm of His hand.

    Nothing can happen to you without God’s permission. In fact, God is even in control of our enemies. The Scripture talks about how God caused Pharaoh to harden his heart and not let the people go. Notice that God caused him to be difficult. Why was that? So God could show His Power in extraordinary ways.

God‘s purpose in crisis is not to just show us His power but to show other people what He can do. If you will view that adversity as an opportunity for God to display His Greatness, God will use you as an example. He wants your neighbors to say, “How in the world did they make it thru that tragedy?

   God wants to turn your test into testimony. That’s why God will allow you to face adversity. Being a believer doesn’t make you immune to difficulty. But God promises if you will stay in faith, He will take what was meant for your harm and use it not only to your advantage but to also display His greatness to other people.

   It is true that rain falls on the just and unjust. But here is the difference. For the just, for the believers—that’s you and me—the Scriptures says no weapon formed against us will ever prosper. It doesn’t say that challenges will never take form. Instead, it says you may face difficulties, but because you’re a child of the Most High God, they will not prosper against you. They will not get the best of you. You will get the best of them. God will bring you out better off than you were before.

 

Thought for the Month

  When something unexpected happens, instead of falling apart and panicking, expect God to show up and turn the situation around. Expect God’s favor. Expect His supernatural power to lead you thru it.

 

Jeff Metcalf