“God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.” This is no better explanation than when Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsename. God promised Jesus that He would be resurrected, but the passage to the cross was not calm. Luke 22:44 tells us he was in agony as He prayed. His sweat was as drops of blood. Then He was betrayed, put on trial, beaten, spit on, and scorned. Then He was crucified for our sins. I don’t believe I would call that a calm passage. But God promised a safe landing. No matter how hard it is to stay the course, our God will never leave or forsake us. You may experience a testing of your faith through a trial or tribulation, but the Lord is forever faithful is making sure you rise again. The path you walk in this world will not always be calm, but when it’s all said and done the ultimate landing will be in the hands of God.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Gail MacDonald once wrote, “If there is a beginning point in spiritual development, it is the choice one makes to become useful to God and, therefore, to others. I have a right to make this choice because I begin with the assumption that having been made by God, I am alive for a purpose.” You have purpose, tremendous purpose to be used by God to show the world His love. You need to realize that you can achieve the impossible, because all things are possible for those who believe. Do you believe that the Lord can do mighty things in you and through you? You should believe that. Never say you are not worthy of the calling God gave you. The Apostle Paul was far from being a saint, but the Lord took him and used him for His glory. He can use you too. Make it a priority in your life to become useful. The Lord can use you to do mightier works than Christ ever did. You are alive for a purpose, and Lord says, "together we can do this!."
Two sinners hang on a cross, one on each side of the Lord as He was being crucified with them. One doubted the power of Christ, and the other says, “remember me in paradise.” Have you realized that many times we have possessed the attitude of both sinners? Some days we doubt God’s ability to save us and other times we bow down in humility and simply say to Jesus, please remember me? Christ is your friend, He literally “hung” in there for you. He experienced all the pain, the suffering, loneliness and persecution. Why, to protect you from it? No! We must have the attitude of the sinner who said please remember me. To die is to gain. as we must allow ourselves to decrease so Christ can increase in us. Sometimes the pain, suffering, loneliness we experience is to make us strong, holy and pure. So how do you see your Lord today? As sinner number one, or sinner number two?