Life is hard…God is able.

Life is full of God-sized challenges.

Some of them are personal challenges…

Cancer strikes.

Accidents happen.

Relationships strain.

Kids rebel.

Life is hard.

Other challenges aren’t always so personal, but they still weigh heavy on our minds…

Terrorists attack.

Politicians fight.

People riot.

Violence erupts.

Life is messy.

Where is God in all of this…what can He even do?

Sometimes, God seems absent to us in our personal challenges because we don’t really believe that He’s present in them.

Sometimes, God seems powerless to do anything about all the other challenges because we don’t truly believe in His power to change anything.

This isn’t anything new really.

Even the people in Jesus’ hometown didn’t really believe that God was present with them when Jesus came back for a visit to Nazareth.

The power of Jesus to do anything there was limited by their unbelief.  (Mark 6:1-6)

And, that makes me wonder…

Could it be that sometimes it’s our own unbelief that keeps God from acting?

Could it be that He is closer than we think to the challenges that we face?

Could it be that His power really is able to change people’s hearts and minds…and even to heal the sick and the brokenness in our world?

Could it be that God really is able to do infinitely more than we might ever ask or think?

What do you believe?

Is God in some way being limited by your unbelief, or do you believe that He is truly able to do more than you can imagine?

Life is full of God-sized challenges.

The good news is that He is fully present and fully able to do something about them.

Life is hard…but God is able.

 

And because of their unbelief, he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.  Mark 6:5-6

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20

 

 

3 things we all want…and where to find them

three things

There are a few things in this world that the majority of us seek or want:

Meaning (or purpose).

Hope.

And peace.

We all want our lives to mean something…to have a purpose to get out of bed every day.

We all want hope that there’s more to life than what we experience in our daily routines.

And, we all want to live in peace.

Whether you find purpose and hope and peace in your life and in your relationships ultimately depends on where you look for it.

Because there’s no shortage of places that we can look for these things…

We can look for our purpose in a job.

We can look for our hope in a lucky break or the next big opportunity that comes our way.

We can find peace in solitude or our favorite place to get away.

But, none of those places or things will give us purpose or hope or peace that lasts.

The bubble always bursts at some point.

So, if you find yourself looking for these things and not finding them…

If you’ve ever been left feeling disappointed, disillusioned, unloved, or unfulfilled, let me suggest that you look to the One who knows you better than you might think…

Your Creator.

The One who made you knows you the best.

And, He’s made promises to you if you seek Him and trust Him.

Promises that give you meaning and purpose.  (Psalms 57:2)

Promises that give you hope that there’s more to life than what this world has to offer.  (Romans 5:3-5 & 8:23-25)

Promises that give you peace when your world seems everything but peaceful.  (Isaiah 26:3-4)

Your Creator God is worth trusting.

Your Creator God is worth seeking.

If you’re still looking for purpose and hope and peace in your life, look no further than Him.

 

13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 (NLT)

Finding the freedom you’re searching for

Freedom.

What is freedom anyway?

Is it a right or is it a privilege?

Is it something you pay for or is it something that’s given to you?

Is it bound by laws or is it above the law?

Is it the ability to do whatever you want or is it the ability to NOT do whatever you want?

How would you answer these questions?

Or, maybe a better question is…

How would Jesus answer these questions?

Perhaps he would say things like…

Your freedom is a privilege, so don’t take it for granted.

Your freedom has been given to you at a high cost, so don’t think you earned it or deserve it.

Your freedom is bound by laws, so obeying them is part of the deal…and it shows what’s really in your heart.

Your freedom is the ability to NOT do whatever you want, so don’t think that doing whatever you want all the time is actually what’s best for you (or anyone else).

The ultimate freedom we can experience as people is the spiritual freedom given to us by God.

This freedom is a privilege paid for with the blood of Jesus.

A freedom that’s experienced to the fullest when it’s lived out in submission to God and His laws.

And a freedom that is less about self-fulfillment and more about loving others as much as you love yourself.

If you’re searching for true freedom, you’ll find it in a personal relationship with the One who made it possible for you to be free.

Search for Jesus…

Only then will you find the freedom you’re looking for.

 

13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. 14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Galatians 5:13-14 (NLT)