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He Will Make Your Paths Straight – Daily Inspiration, August 15, 2012

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverb 3:5-6

Trials can help us grow, but they can also make us hard-hearted and stubborn if we are not careful. Past hurts and disappointments can make us view people and situations with suspicion rather than with love and gratitude. They can make us think every kind act has an ulterior motive and every “I love you,” is insincere. While we should not count out our ability to reason or think carefully, we should not lean to our own understanding. That kind act may have been prompted by God to encourage you. That “I love you,” may have come straight from the Lord because He knows you really need to hear it now. Don’t place your trust in your past or hold on tightly to prior hardships. Our experiences are not the source or our wisdom. God is. Place your trust in Him.

May the Lord be with you.

God Responds To His Obedient Children – Daily Inspiration, July 25, 2012

“During the days of Jesus’ life on Earth, He offered prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.” Hebrews 5:7

We sometimes undergo trials not because we want to suffer, but because we want to do God’s will. Like Jesus, we should be obedient to the end. Let His example sustain and encourage you during trying times. We can endure knowing that Christ is with us.

May the grace of Jesus Christ be with you.

Can You Drink The Cup I Am Going To Drink? – Daily Inspiration, July 20, 2012

“‘You don’t know what you are asking’, Jesus said to them, ‘Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?'” Matthew 20: 22, NIV

I follow a television personality on Twitter. One day, this personality tweeted a question for her followers – “What would you ask God if you could ask Him anything?” She re-tweeted responses that ranged from poignant to humorous. There was one response from a follower that made me think. This follower wanted to know why he or she had experienced so many trials since becoming a follower of Christ.

Many people erroneously think devoting one’s life to Christ means having a life free from troubles. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus prepared the disciples for their futures by telling them the following, “A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master” (Matthew 10:24). Christ experienced many hardships during His time on earth. He was persecuted (Matthew 2: 13-14; Matthew 12). He experienced people doubting Who He is (Matthew 13: 55-57, John 1: 46). He faced temptation (Matthew 4:1-11). People deserted Him (John 6: 60-66). His family ridiculed Him (John 7: 1-9). He was betrayed (Matthew 26: 47-50). He faced dread (Luke 22: 42-44) and pain (Matthew 26: 67-68; John 19:1; 17-18). He even, briefly, felt abandoned by God (Mark 15:34).

No, following Jesus doesn’t automatically give us permanent residence on Easy Street. Following Jesus gives us the strength to persevere during our trials by His example. Despite His hardships, Jesus forgave (Luke 23:24; John 8). He loved (John 15: 9-17). He rejoiced (Luke 10:21). He had compassion (John 11:35). He stood firm in truth (Matthew 27:11-14; John 18:37). He was courageous (Luke 1:37-53). He helped others (Matthew 14:34-36). He completed His mission (John 19:30).

Following Jesus is a commitment that includes a change in thought and lifestyle. We should grow from desiring worldly pleasures to desiring to do God’s will. As Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6: 24). So, when you question why, as a Christian, you are experiencing trials and hardships, remember the full life of the One we follow, not just His gifts.

God Bless you today and always.