"She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." John 8:11
As we journey through this thing called life we are going to make mistakes along the road. We will have ups and downs and slips and falls as we journey. It is important that we do not allow our downs to keep us down too long, or our falls to paralyze us in not getting back up and trying again. We may not succeed the first time we do something, but we certainly cannot succeed if we stay down and never try again.
"Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?" Isaiah 43:19 (ESV)
Many of us like getting new things, it does not necessarily have to be brand new, but if it is new to us it is still new. When we get a new car we want everyone to see our new car, when we get a new house, we invite people over for house warming gatherings so they can see our new house. We like when people notice our new outfits and new things that we have, for we work hard for those new things that we have. However, it becomes difficult to show off the new you, because many times we resist the new things that God is trying to do in our lives.
"For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock." Psalm 27:5
There are times in life when no matter how much we try to avoid trouble; trouble has a way of finding us. No matter how much we try to go the other way or how much we look the other way, trouble can sneak up on us before we know it. What should we do we when trouble finds us, do we panic and try to ward off the trouble, or do we simply trust God to see us through it? The Scripture reminds us that, in the time of trouble God will hide us in His pavilion in the secret of His tabernacle He will hide us, and set us on a rock.
A Firm Heart
"He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord." Psalm 112:7 (ESV)
Good things happen to bad people, and unfortunately bad things happen to good people. Things can spring up on us out of nowhere, and before we know it we are in a struggle. The sun can be shinning in our lives one minute, and it can be pouring down rain the next. Life has its way of giving us twist and turns, and it can be a fearful thing when you are not expecting the next turn. No one wants to receive bad news, and with the evolution of technology we can receive news faster than ever before. When bad news is received it can put an immediate damper on whatever it is going on in our lives.