Wednesday, March 12, 2014

When floods flow

Despair and hope are current themes in scripture and are often paired together:

"We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.  Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us..."     2 Corinthians 1:8-11a NIV

Paul despaired even of life yet he set his hope on God.  

Sometimes there is no earthly miracle on this side of heaven.

"Faith in God offers no insurance against tragedy."  Phillip Yancey

But although Christians suffer, we suffer with hope for it is His purpose to bring us through the waters and not to have us sinking in their depths when the flood flows.

It is hope that brings us through to a place of trusting that God will rebuild among our thorns.

He has not abandoned you, His work goes on deeply in the midst of the places where thorns press the hardest.

When your spirit is faint within you, it is there He guards and watches over you.

"I cry aloud to the Lord,
to the Lord I plead aloud for mercy
I pour out my complaint before Him
and tell over my troubles in His presence
When my spirit is faint within me
thou art there to watch over my steps" 
 Psalm 142:1-3a NEB


Part 1:  Broken can be beautiful

Part 2:  When thorns press
Part 3: Walled in

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