Thomas Watson once said, “Faith is to prayer what the feather is to the arrow; it feathers the arrow of prayer, and makes it fly swifter and enables it to pierce the throne of grace.” In this holiday time of what we call “Thanksgiving”, it’s sometimes hard to see through the veneer of life to recognize the hand of God. Life certainly isn’t easy, is it? Obligations scream out at us. Deadlines need met. Children need attention. Bills need paid. On top of the daily requirements of everyday living we’re sometimes faced with odds which seem overwhelming. A bad report from the doctor, financial crisis’ which seem insurmountable, grief over a loved one who has died. In today’s message we’re going to ask a question the Israelites asked in Psalm 78:19, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” In times that appear impossible, God’s power comes crashing in through ways that we’re often oblivious to. The ‘negative grace’ of God leading us to our own “Red Sea” often leaves us feeling fearful, irritable or simply alone. Recognize that God always has reasons for doing what He does. It may not make sense to us while we’re going through a wilderness experience, but there’s always purpose in what God is doing. I don’t like negative experiences I go through in life, but I love knowing that God is with me regardless as to how insurmountable my situation appears. When we are weak, He is strong. Rely less on your own strength and more on His.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.