Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Something's Wrong

If you look out our living room window you can see a robin's nest. It's right there. It is literally two feet from our house.

One day, when mama robin was off the nest, I peeked inside and saw three blue eggs. My wife and I were excited. Soon there would be baby birds! We've never had a family of birds in our yards, despite living in the woods.

We were excited about watching them grow and, someday, taking wing. But one day the mama robin wasn't sitting on her nest anymore. Something went wrong. Without mother robin on the nest the eggs cooled and they never hatched.

We were so excited. And then we were disappointed and sad. Life can be like that sometimes. When things don't so exactly as we planned. Something goes wrong and we find ourselves questioning things. It's almost like we begin searching for things that are sure and solid and won't disappoint.

Let me tell you about Jesus. He is the only person I know who will NEVER disappoint. His Word, The Bible, is a place we can turn to ALWAYS find truth.

Robins have nowhere to turn. They just go on searching for worms. They can act as if they don't even care when eggs don't hatch. We, however, are humans. Things effect us, they things bother us. We have a need to be comforted in our  pain.

Jesus is the answer.

When something goes wrong I often will open my Bible to the Book of Romans. After reading the following passage I usually pray and thank God for that things I DO have and the blessings I already have been given.

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:18-39

There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning.

Your Love Never Fails - Jesus Culture

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