Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy. Jude 24
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. John 10:29
Have you ever had bad stretches where things are just hard? I’ve been in one of those stretches. It’s kind of like that book, Alexander’s No Good Horrible Day that overstays its welcome. I messed up my shoulder this summer from a pickle ball injury, just short of a rotator cuff tear. Someone suggested I should come up with a better story than that, but in the interest of truth, it wasn’t from sky diving or fighting a bear–just a collision in pickle ball gone bad. And it has lingered to the point where my left arm has not been useable for two months, in constant pain, and I’m awaiting a cortisone shot that will hopefully fix things a bit.
In the middle of that I went to the eye doctor thinking I needed new glasses and I found out instead that I had cataracts. This week I go to get the first eye done, and the next soon thereafter. I don’t appreciate getting cataract advise from people twenty years older than myself. But apparently with computers and UV rays, younger people are getting them. But it doesn’t fit into my busy school schedule.
Doesn’t pain know this isn’t a good time? I had to get a shot in the rump the other day just to make it through the day. So the two above verses are well timed words of encouragement, cups of cold water in the desert:
God is able, and He is greater than all. Aren’t they good words? No matter what we face and when–God is able. Ephesians 3:20 starts with the same proclamation: Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. And 2 Corinthians 9:8, And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. All things at all times for every good work.
Do you get it? God is able. Do I get it? God is able. Get my eyes off of my issues and put them on the God who is able.
And He is greater than all. It is one thing to boast about your football team that you think is better than everyone, but then that team gets beat. God never gets beat, so you never have to go to work on Monday and eat crow. God always wins! We can boast about Him all the time. So why don’t we? We know 1 John 4:4, Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
So it is time for us/me to live like it. What’s a little pain, or a few setbacks? Paul said, Our light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, in 2 Corinthians 4:17. They are nothing compared to the glory that awaits us.
There, I’m encouraged already. I hope you are too.
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