I Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
I have learned life consequences can take you beyond your emotional ability to handle, especially if it involves family and their decisions that cost so much. Grief and sadness are natural and break the heart in two. Tears well up, and loss overwhelms and hopes dashed. These emotions are overwhelming and indisputable, know that. But also know that God’s heart for you is real.
God intends me to place my faith in His Word and not in the caboose of my emotions. The engine is God’s Word, and my faith is like coal that I put in the engine. Faith in God’s Word is putting your trust in Him, not your feelings.
I said to a friend one day, if I were writing the Bible, I would leave out a bunch of David’s sins or wiping out nations, but then I would not have seen the depth of David’s torment, his hurt —his return to God and a relationship restored.
Now that is a wow! God loved David and He loves me too, even when I doubt.
In Romans 5 describes a sequence of growth. Tribulations brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character and proven character, hope: and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out within our hears through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
That IS a WOW!!!
Incredible!! Deirdre FMF#1
What an interesting metaphor,
in which faith is a train,
where God’s engine goes before
and the caboose is my brain.
I think it’s very well-thought-out,
and very apropos,
and I really have no doubt
that it’s the way to go,
with the leadership He brings
that drags along my sins,
as bad as David’s awful things,
and with each mile He wins
my heart through His forgiving care
when shame is more than I can bear.
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