I was reminded yesterday that there is TRUE freedom in the knowledge that our identity is not found in what we do, but what Christ has already done for us that has made us a CHILD OF GOD. The shackles are broken in so many areas that CAN be seen today… and that there is reward for us HERE on this earth in addition to our future reward in heaven.
The Lord is my master.
"He was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst?"
Samson was thirsty and ready to die. The difficulty was totally different from any which the hero had met before. Merely to get thirst assuaged is nothing like so great a matter as to be delivered from a thousand Philistines! but when the thirst was upon him, Samson felt that little present difficulty more weighty than the great past difficulty out of which he had so specially been delivered. It is very usual for God’s people, when they have enjoyed a great deliverance, to find a little trouble too much for them. Samson slays a thousand Philistines, and piles them up in heaps, and then faints for a little water! Jacob wrestles with God at Peniel, and overcomes Omnipotence itself, and then goes “halting on his thigh!” Strange that there must be a shrinking of the sinew whenever we win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds. Samson boasted right loudly when he said, “I have slain a thousand men.” His boastful throat soon grew hoarse with thirst, and he betook himself to prayer. God has many ways of humbling his people. Dear child of God, if after great mercy you are laid very low, your case is not an unusual one. When David had mounted the throne of Israel, he said, “I am this day weak, though anointed king.” You must expect to feel weakest when you are enjoying your greatest triumph. If God has wrought for you great deliverances in the past, your present difficulty is only like Samson’s thirst, and the Lord will not let you faint, nor suffer the daughter of the uncircumcised to triumph over you. The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route. So, tried brother, cheer your heart with Samson’s words, and rest assured that God will deliver you ere long.
- C. Spurgeon
Strange that there must be a shrinking of the sinew whenever we win the day. As if the Lord must teach us our littleness, our nothingness, in order to keep us within bounds.
It’s unfortunate that our innate ability to puff ourselves up and pat ourselves on our backs takes us farther away from Christ, when it is HIS triumph to be had. HE is the only that died upon that cross for US. And yet, He remains merciful even in our daily petty cries to Him.
The road of sorrow is the road to heaven, but there are wells of refreshing water all along the route.
This morning I woke up feeling the weight on my shoulders and wishing that I could just have a redo in life. Thinking about it now, I realized that I forget that Christ offers that “redo”. While I can’t erase all memories of the past, my perception of it is placed in the context of eternity. My future is completely altered. Nevetheless, it’s a morning like this that reminds me that I still have a lot of faith to grow. I’m tired and prayer came with difficulty. Oy… Monday….
10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.
I’m wasting my time when I have to apologize a second time for the same thing after someone gives me a back-handed apology accepted. No use in asking for forgiveness to someone who doesn’t want to give it to you in the first place.
The best thing to do is some self-evaluation, and if by all objective means I could muster up… no fault is found, then “tough” to that person…