Sometimes we face the unpleasant, the impossible or the unthinkable, and we lose hope. All we see is the suffering, the immense task or the loss. The following story reminds us that Jesus is right in the middle of our pain, offering comfort and strength.
My heart aches for the families affected by acts of terrorism or war — especially for the children. Starving for love and affection, they weep and long for the warm embrace of departed family members. Such was the case in World War II. Hundreds of thousands of orphans were in dire need of shelter, food, medical attention, and love.
In this fast-paced, high-tech world some people have forgotten that God is in the business of making miracles. Mankind has explored the depths of the universe and the bottom of the seas. We have modified DNA and created artificial parts for the human body. Through technology, we can supply an endless stream of information and artificial intelligence. We’ve become pretty self-sufficient. But the reality is, we still can’t create miracles. We still get into situations where we’re just stuck.
Why do people like the outdoors so much? What is the real lure of hunting, fishing, and hiking? For many of us, the serenity of an outdoor experience offers precious, and mostly uninterrupted, time to think through our problems — let our minds unwind, get caught up on prayers, and simply listen to God.
In Matthew 14 we read about the disciples having a tough night while on a fishing expedition. The wind and waves had carried them many yards from shore and the chill of the early morning hours was setting in. The “fourth watch” was from 3:00-6:00 AM when exhaustion can hang heavy. Deprived of sleep, the imagination wanders and fear can heighten. The dampness clung to and bit at the weariness of these fishermen.
How often have you heard a football commentator or a coach talk about a player missing a catch or handoff because he took his eyes off the ball? A good receiver “looks the ball” into his hand—his gaze is so fixed on the spiraling leather that a defender hitting him seems like a distant possibility.
Worry and fear are no respecter of persons. Have you ever wrestled with them? They creep into our lives without regard to our position, power, or authority. There are all kinds of worries and fears we can focus on. Maybe you are a worrier. Maybe too much of your time is consumed with worrying about things that might not happen or ultimately have little real impact. Mark Twain once said this about worry, “Worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.”
Over the years and in a variety of situations, I’ve felt that I’m a pretty good multitasker. I believed that I could usually handle several issues or thoughts at the same time, but a recent experience shocked me to my very core. This issue so impacted my life that I decided that this month our devotionals would discuss how distractions can influence our lives.
As we seek to have more boldness in our faith and daily living for Jesus, let’s consider the glory of God. Today’s media glorifies famous athletes and celebrities, touting extravagant lifestyles, impressive mansions, fancy cars, and designer attire. Even with all the glamour and glitz, they all pale in comparison to the glory and radiance of God Almighty.
June 22, 2019 – Listen to this week’s ManUp! Radio show with host, Jim Grassi.
Under the leadership of Moses, God had directed the Israelites to endure many hardships during their 40 years in the desert. He regularly allowed opportunities for His chosen to prove their obedience and faith through the testing of their courage and commitment.
June 15, 2019 – Listen to this week’s ManUp! Radio show with host, Jim Grassi.
How much faith do you have? Is it a living faith? Are you willing to stand up for what you believe or do you just try to “blend in”… move “under the radar”? I know I’m challenged by these questions. We may never have to challenge a king or face an army for our faith, but every day we face a culture that tries to seduce us into idolatry. Let’s choose to live our faith boldly, a life of love, obedience, and truth.
June 8, 2019 – Listen to this week’s ManUp! Radio show with host, Jim Grassi.
Our theme this month deals with boldness. We are in a time when our faith is being challenged. God desires that His children are not embarrassed to proclaim truth to a broken world. Most of us are neither ashamed nor embarrassed to be called Americans. Many of us proudly display flags or other symbols, proclaiming our allegiance to this fine nation. Now, I’m not promoting Christian bumper stickers, hats, mugs, flags, shirts, or even pens. But really, how do you identify with the cause of serving Christ?