Saturday 21 Apr 2018
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John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.

 

A thought on handling distressing times

  Psalm 4:4 -5 Tremble and do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. Offer the sacrifices of the righteous and trust in the Lord.

How should a believer handle and carry himself when faced the challenges and trying times? Many feel that it is a taboo to even fret during this period of life. Many are even told that to admit or show that they are in distress is a manifestation that they do not have faith. The sight of believers looking distraught while at the same time trying to look the part cuts a sad image of the manner of bondage religion can put a man or woman. Many have died in silence while trying to go through this religious charade for fear of being told they do not have faith as a result of admitting their problems.

The truth is we are not told to pretend it is well when it is not, but we are encouraged to hold onto God in the midst of it all. We are not asked to suppress our feelings as a sign that we have faith, rather we are encouraged not to let ourselves be overawed or overwhelmed by whatever challenges we are going through. There is nothing wrong in admitting that we are burdened, there is nothing wrong in admitting that we are struggling either, the truth is the first step towards solving any problem is by admitting that such a problem exist in the first place.

But let the weak say i am strong we are told....true! But let us go through this together again....'let the weak' ....it says. There is first the admission that he is weak. It is from this position that he is asked to begin to declare that he is strong...not in his own strength but rather from the strength that comes from the Lord. It is from the position when a man recognizes his weakness that he is able to genuinely cry out for the strength that is available in the Lord. Same applies when we say...let the poor say i am rich. He is not asked to deny that he is indeed poor, rather it is from the position of brokenness , a position that admits his or her spiritual poverty that he or she is asked to reach out for the riches which the Lord holds out as a promise to all who cry out to him.

Therefore we see here some godly counsel from the passage today instructing believers how to hold oneself together, this counsel does not ask us to pretend as if nothing is happening, rather it instructs us based of what we might actually be facing and the best way to overcome it.

Search your hearts we are counseled, search it for what....well it is easy to look for faults outside when in truth the fault is within. We live in a world where the last place we search self for the root of a problem is self. We accuse the enemies, devil, Satan, witches etc for being responsible for our woes....some even take it further by falling into the temptation to blame it all on God. The truth is many of the woes that a man goes through in life are self inflicted, occurring through genuine mistakes , errors as well by way of his follies. Hence we are asked to search our hearts, doing so not to bring ourselves under condemnation, rather that we may be able to see clearly the correction that is needed. Both the ones we can rectify by recognizing our follies and the ones that we need help to sort out while reaching to God for help in prayer.

Home Teachings And Sermons What the Bible is saying A thought on handling distressing times
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
“?Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

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