December 19, 2008

Peace on Earth

"Suffering is having what you don't want or wanting what you don't have." ~ Elisabeth Elliot



Have you ever had one of those days when everything is steely gray? It's not dark, but it's not light. It's cold and you long for cheerful warmth. You have been treated unjustly. You have been hurt. Your fists tighten at your sides, your face scrunches in a scowl, your nerves are on edge and every sound becomes a prick provoking you to rudeness or unkindness.



Suffering. You have what you don't want: the pain of injustice. You want what you don't have: Vengeance or Defense - maybe what is really wanted is affection and acceptance - either way, you don't have it.



What to do?



'God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.' James 4:6,7


What a wonderful time of year it is. CHRISTMAS! A special time to decorate the house, to eat special foods, to give gifts to loved ones - why? Because the creator of the universe humbled himself to become like us. He came to give us life. Ah, but I can't think about JESUS right now - too consumed with my suffering.


'what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?' Mark 8:36


I think what if I did have what I wanted? I could fight for my own way. I could confront or justify my anger and bitterness...at the very least I could let it be known that I am not happy.


'Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16'


Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14


If you are suffering right now - do as it says in Hebrews - 'lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.' Hebrews 12:1-4


It could be your mother, your father, your husband, your children - your hurts or your wants...Submit to God. He loves you.


'For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace' Isaiah 9:6


This is great news - and while you may have forgotten as I often do - there is an unseen battle we wage. There is an enemy that would have you be distracted with the things of this world.


Don't be distracted. Look unto Jesus.

2 comments:

  1. Mrs. Santos:

    I really enjoyed this post day. You are correct, we always need to keep our focus on Jesus and NOT on the world, especially when we are feeling pain. However, it's not always easy to do that because we as humans think we can "fix" things with our own power. I struggle everyday with giving my hurts to Christ. I tend to just "hold on" instead of "let go."

    Thank you for the reminder of what we must do when we feel hurt or pain in our lives.

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  2. Mrs. Lady Sofia:

    Thanks for your comments. What helps me also is remembering that no temptation has seized us except what is common to man...so what we experience, others experience too...don't you think we can feel alone sometimes? Many blessings to you.

    Your friend, Mrs. Santos

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