[Christian Fellowship] 1999-01-08 - That's Just the Way It Is

2 Timothy 2:3 - "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

Sometimes things are difficult, sometimes they aren't. Sometimes times are easy, sometimes they aren't. "For richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health." Sometimes things are the way they are, sometimes things aren't what they seem.

A teen-aged girl in Peduka, Kentucky, when a young man brought a gun and shot several members of a prayer group, was questioning why her sister was killed and not she herself. Sometimes there is just no answer.

Paul, when he was traveling -- telling others the good news that the Messiah had indeed come to bring salvation -- was stoned and left for dead, beat, mocked, shipwrecked, imprisoned and finally beheaded. Sometimes things are difficult.

Peter, who had a fiery temper, came to understand the value of holding both his tongue and his peace. We see it in

1 Peter 3:9 - "Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing." Sometimes things have to be learned.

Mary, who at the age of fourteen and still a virgin, found herself pregnant - to the scorn of others - and about to give birth to the Son of God Himself. She traveled miles on a donkey's back when she was 9 months pregnant, to deliver the Promised One in a lowly stable, and laid Him in a feed trough. Sometimes things aren't what they seem.

David, when he was tending his sheep, was told by a messenger that Samuel wanted to see him. Upon arriving at the feet of the prophet of God, he discovered that God had called him to be the king of Israel. Sometimes things are strange.

God calls each of us to a purpose. Sometimes in reaching His purpose, things happen that don't seem quite right to us. God uses the simple and profound things in life to attain His goals. He uses hard situations for His glory.

The only thing that is promised to us by Him is that He will never leave us or forsake us. We can always count on that.

Father, sometimes I want to give up. Sometimes I can't see Your hand in times when it gets difficult. Sometimes I wonder what is going on?! Thank You, God that You promised that all things work together for good to those who love You and who are called according to Your purposes. Help me, please, to remember that Your purposes are the goal that I need to be striving for. Even when it's hard, even when it's strange, even when things aren't what they seem. Please, help me to learn. I love You, Lord.