When life doesn't go as planned
We all like to make plans for our future. We tend to plan out the way things will go expecting them to happen. Young people want to graduate high school, then go to college, then get married, then have a family, etc.. These plans are all well and good, but what happens when things don't go as planned. What if on graduation night a drunk driver hits you and you wind up paralyzed. What if the day after you get married, your husband falls over dead. What if your first born son is born severely retarded. Life has a way of throwing us a curve ball and ruining our plans. These are extreme examples, yet everyone will be met with adversity in there lives. Plans actually rarely work out the way we hope. This is also true in the life of a Christian. Despite what some may say, it is not all sunshine and blessings. God will test people, he will chasten people, he will redirect their lives toward his will. As Christians we have to be ready to face life's storms, often God put them there for a reason.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
Is this passage Jesus and the Disciples were caught in a storm, and the Disciples were
scared for their lives. Jesus had no fear and simply told the sea, peace be still. We as mere
humans can have this same power over our own lives. When anxiety and fear overwhelm
us, due to unforeseen circumstances, we can take command of our emotions. We do not
have to be over taken by the storms of life. The best way to take command over these
situations is through prayer. Let Jesus be your rock, cast your burdens on him. If we have
faith in Jesus he will see us through the difficult times. In verse 40 he asks: why are you so
fearful, how is it you have no faith. These men had Jesus in the boat with them, but they
were sure that they were going to die. The boat is a metaphor for our lives, Jesus is always in
the boat with us, all we have to do is put our faith in him. It all comes down to faith. If we are to have victory over adversity in our Christian life, we must cast our burdens upon Jesus.
30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.
31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.
32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.
33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.
Here we have Moses plans falling apart. He had hoped God would bring him and his people
into the promise land. He thought that was the whole point of leaving Egypt. Instead God
tells him that he and his people will not be going in, but it will be there children
who inherit the land. God would have them wander in the wilderness for the next 40 years.
He would be with them though. He would provide for them and take care of their needs.
Their clothes never whore out, neither did their shoes. They did not hunger and they did not
thirst. This was not ideal, no one was happy with this, but they endured till the end. Some
times our lives may turn out the same way. We may find ourselves enduring till the end.
Weather it is by our poor decisions like the children of Israel or by Gods will. Either way, he
will be there for us. No matter how hard it gets, he will take care of us. In the end we have
the kingdom of heaven to look forward to.
Thank you for reading my blog, I hope it was a blessing to you. I will leave you with the only
way to heaven, the gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: