Category: The Angst of Loving

Where do you find hope and encouragement? Before I knew the Lord, my hope and encouragement walked hand in hand with my circumstances. When things were going well, I was encouraged, and when they weren’t my depression would worsen, and life was nothing but bitter. As Christians, our hope is in the Lord. It can be easy though, to get discouraged. Even when we know God is on our side. It’s in those darkest moments when our faith is wavering, and we cry out, “Lord, are you there?” that we are hardest on ourselves because of our lack of faith.

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Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 6:20 (NIV)

But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.

Luke 6:24 (NIV)

In the 1967 film, The Producers, Max Bialystock shouts, “That’s it, baby, when you’ve got it, flaunt it! Flaunt it!” We live in a culture that has taken that advice to heart and run with it. Most people who are financially well off have the cars, houses, and lifestyles to prove it. Those blessed with good health and are physically fit are more likely to dress in ways that show off their bodies than those who might be overweight and struggle with keeping fit. Anyone on social media will notice those who have lots of followers over those who do not. Indeed, there are many ways in which someone can be rich or poor and none of them have anything to do with money.

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Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them.

Ezekiel 37:13 (NIV)

As I was reading through Ezekiel today I read about the dry bones and I felt something move in my spirit. I had a sense that there was something the Lord was bringing to my attention but I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. I continued and finished my reading for the day but I kept thinking about those dry bones. My brothers and sisters, we who have been saved by our faith in Jesus Christ were once like those bones. We were animated and walked about as spirits without the breath of God and one day, He breathed life into us and we were born again. We were new creations with stellar futures ahead of us in the Lord. However, as we’ve walked with Him some of us have become weary. We look at the world around us and though we hate to admit it, it doesn’t look like how we thought it would look.

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Something the Christian should never do is gloat over someone getting “what’s coming to them.” We shouldn’t even be in a mindset to think that someone has “something coming to them.” Yes, we know that the wages of sin are death and that those who are saved are going to heaven while those who are not are going to hell. However, we are not in the position to be judging other people and determining what should or should not be “coming to them.” That’s up to God to decide, not us.

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