Published January 1, 2013

Shelia Shares....
"If I Didn't Have The Lord..."

Ever had one of those days? Weeks? Years? It's the kind of time when you wonder what could go wrong next.

For us, 2012 has been "one of those years." The majors have included the slow economy affecting both Springside, our mailorder company, and The Gospel Greats program. There was my critical eye surgery this summer and the death of Paul's father in December.

And there were the common day-to-day developments. In October, when Paul's 2005 Caravan needed inspection, there was also a radiator to replace. Last week my 2002 PT Cruiser needed inspection, as well as repairs totaling $500.

Last Thursday evening we came home to a wet basement. Lots of stuff to move and a prayer that carpet and "stuff" will dry without damage. The next day a new water heater was installed.

This is the point where I say, "Why me? Why do I have to worry about health issues? Why do I have to deal with financial problems? Why do I have to face loss of property and loved ones?"

I would guess that everyone reading this is facing some problems of their own. In this life, no one is immune to difficulties, sometimes real traumas.

I've often said that if I didn't have the Lord, I don't think I could make it. It is the presence of the Lord that takes me over the rough paths, through the valleys and keeps me safe in the midst of the storm.

So many scriptures tell of God's faithfulness regardless of the circumstances. Paul, the writer of Philippians, faced unbelievable trials like most of us have never faced. Philippians 3 reads, "Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ. ...One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

Paul didn't focus on the "have nots." He focused on what he had in Christ Jesus.

I John 2 reads, "Do not love the world or the things in the world...The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever...And this is the promise that He has promised us – eternal life."

When we look at circumstances, we can become fearful. God knew that could happen, so He wrote I John 4:18, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear...We love Him because He first loved us."

Sometimes situations look impossible. The Bible speaks to this several places.

Matthew 17:20 talks about casting out evil spirits and standing against the devil. "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you."

Matthew 19:26 is talking about who can have eternal salvation. "Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'"

Luke 1:37 are words from an angel referring to Elizabeth being pregnant when she was old and God working in the natural life that which is seemingly impossible. "For with God nothing will be impossible."

Whatever you are facing, know that God is in your circumstances . He is working although you might not recognize His hand at work. He knows the best plans for you and He will provide what is truly needed.

My prayer for you in 2013 comes from III John 1:2. "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers."


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