Bump-Bump

The obstacles we encounter

“Why do they have those slow-down bumps?” our son Monte asked when he was five.

His word for it may be more descriptive than “speed bumps.”

Life is full of slow-down bumps: financial reverses, major surgery, an accident, a deferred promotion, a job loss, etc.

Can any good come from life’s disappointing delays? Definitely (Romans 8:28).

The perspective we gain

These interruptions remind us of our limitations, that we’re not in complete control of our lives (James 4:13-16).

And when compelled to slow our hectic pace, we then have time to think—and change (Luke 15:11-24).

We have a choice. Either we can go joltingly over life’s slow-down bumps with teeth-rattling defiance, or we can accept them for what they are—and go gently over.

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When Things Go Right

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Problems we don’t have

Today was a typical Tuesday. The newspaper was on the driveway. The trash was picked up on schedule. The mail came. Our utilities, phones, and Internet service worked all day without a hitch.

I’m amazed to think of the thousands of miles of safe travel the Lord has granted me. Should I be shocked if someday I have a serious accident?

Most days we aren’t victims of a crime, our house doesn’t burn, and no tornado sweeps through.

The Christian perspective

For all our struggles, we have far more going for us than against us—especially if we’re Christians (Romans 8:28, 31-39).

And even when life turns sour, it won’t always be like this (1 Peter 5:10).

“Thus far the LORD has helped us” (1 Samuel 7:12). Amen.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Do You Believe It?

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Bold statement

Sign seen in a hospital waiting room: “God is greater than any problem I have.”

Any problem?

Greater than cancer or heart disease, job loss and unpaid bills, the threat of crime or war, bondage to alcohol or drugs?

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? . . . . But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35, 37).

Goliath challenged David; God was greater. Moses faced horrendous obstacles; God was greater. Paul had his thorn; God was greater.

Bold faith

The key was not just that God is greater, but that they trusted Him. And they were not disappointed.

Any problem?

Yes, God is greater.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Expanding Our Horizons

Focused seeing

Years ago Reader’s Digest carried an article by a woman whose family decided to make a game of looking for Volkswagen bugs. They were amazed by how many they found.

It’s fascinating the way the mind works. By focusing on certain things in our environment we tend to find them.

If we start counting our blessings, how many will we find?

More than meets the eye

Many blessings are disguised as problems.

Have you gone through a horrible experience, later to view it as a great blessing?

New spiritual vistas open up to us when we view life through the telescopic lens of God’s Word (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

The complainer doesn’t see, nor the discontented, the embittered, the ingrate.

I want to see!!!

Don’t you?

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