Luke #18 – To it and Through it
“And Joseph also went up from
When God called me into the ministry I knew I had to enter the arena of higher education. I didn’t want to do that. I didn’t want to quit working; I liked that paycheck. I didn’t want to struggle through school. Plus I wasn’t sure that I was smart enough to perform in school. I’d only been married a year and a half to the day when I surrendered to the call. Literally days later, Care and I were blessed to find out that God was giving us our first child. We needed a bigger and warmer house. All of these things and more swirled in my rational yet simple mind. I constantly asked myself and the Lord “What am I doing?!?” From somewhere (and I honestly cannot remember the source, but I want to say it was Johnny Smith) God gave me this phrase: “If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.” It penetrated my heart!
As Joseph and Mary began their great adventure of traveling from
Mary and Joseph arrive at their destination only to find no suitable temporary lodging. Their place of rest amounted to what is equal to an animal barn. How could they stay in a place like that knowing that they she carried the Son of God in her womb?
Before Mary and Joseph left
I see the simple yet powerful hand of God in this. It is encouragement for us all. Whether it is a difficult physical or spiritual trial God is there. As we look back over the months and years that we walk with the Lord I would imagine that all of can find some evidence that God has been building us in a fashion that prepared us for more and more difficult trials. By the time we get to a very difficult situation we know how God has worked in the past in our lives. We first LEARN that whatever God brings us to He will bring us through. THEN we KNOW that! Once we know it we can live fearless lives that do not let circumstances overwhelm us.
I don’t know what you may be facing today but it cannot be any more severe than being a pregnant virgin traveling under difficult circumstances. I do not say that to belittle your circumstances. I simply say it to remind us all that whatever God brings us to He will be certain to bring us through. Know that…live wide open for God!