~The Crossroads Of Hard Times~ (Pg. 161)
“Why? It’s a question often asked in the crossroads called hard times.” (pg. 162)
Hard times are something everyone goes through. Everyones hard times is different from someone else’s. But sometimes close enough a like that we can find others that understand us. Difficult times, hard times, times of feeling alone or lost, God is still there. God doesn’t leave us in the hard times just because sometimes we don’t feel Him. His is with us even when we don’t feel Him close. He’s still there waiting for you and listening when you come to Him. No matter where or when His is always there.
Paul demonstrates this kind of faith in his letters. Even immense hard times he thanked God and praised Him. He even worship Jesus while chained and in prison. No matter where he was he put God first. He was happier because of it to.
This is something we all have got to learn. It is a hard lesson to learn but worth it.
“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love.” (Rom. 5:3-5, NLT) (Pg. 163)
Paul also reminds us in Rom 8:38, NLT. “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the power of hell can separate us from God’s love.”(Pg. 165)
He is always there for you. Nothing makes Him give-up on you and leave you. You are loved by Him and He will stay with you always.
~God And His Plan Do Not Change~ (pg. 166)
We tend to think that because of our circumstances that God’s plan’s for us have changed, or that maybe He found someone better for the job. But here’s the thing, “God and His plan for you do not change in the crossroads.” (Pg. 166)
Hard times come and go, they change us but not God. He is constant. His is the same yesterday and forever. He uses our hard times and makes us stronger. “The crossroads itself is no longer the primary message. Instead, it becomes a turning point. It is a draw-a-line-in-the-sand moment when you are growing spiritually even if other’s aren’t willing to change.” (Pg. 167)
~The Mended Heart Challenge~ (Pg. 169)
- Ask God to reveal the faith factor in your crossroads.
- Live fully in today, rather than with a eye on tomorrow.
- Note the miracles around you. Whether it is a loved one’s smile, a kind gesture or something else, recognize God’s presence in the midst of a crossroads. Take a moment and delight in it.
(The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. Chapter 7 Pages 161-169 underlined)
Well that is the end of chapter 7!