Greetings, any and all readers!
Today, I’m posting a guest blog – something I don’t usually do. This was written by my friend, Chris Dial, with a word of encouragement:
By Chris Dial –
We’ve all been there. We look back over the recent events in our lives and think, what in the world happened? Everything was going fine when BAM! Something bad happens and you sink to the ground from the shock of the impact. I’ve had many an experience like that over my short 19 year lifespan. For example, I was going along my merry way when BAM!! College fears jumped out and grabbed hold of me. I didn’t know what to do. I’m not getting the Hope scholarship, and at the time I didn’t know what major I was going to go into, plus I just really wanted to make my parents proud. All of this fell on my shoulders the instant I saw my GPA. But even when life seems to get impossible and I just can’t see what God is doing, I like to refer to two things:
Number one: Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Here is the setting behind Jeremiah’s words: God has just led his people into exile. The Babylonians have ransacked, and burned Jerusalem, the Holy City. The Temple is gone. David’s mighty palace – nothing but a skeleton of a building. Jeremiah is writing to the exiles in Babylon as an encouragement in that dark time. He is telling them that there is still hope and that God won’t abandon them. This is a promise that still rings true to this day. No matter what, God has a plan for you and He will see it done.
Number two: I like to read the story of Isaac’s beginning. Genesis 18:1-16 tells about how God promised Abraham and Sarah a son to call their own. God comes to Abraham in the form of a man. Two angels are with Him. Abraham asks them to sit and eat. During this time God tells Abraham that He is going to give Abraham a son; one that will be the beginning of a huge nation and a blessing to the nations. Sarah, who is eavesdropping from a nearby tent, couldn’t help but laugh. God looks at the tent and asks why Sarah is laughing. Sarah and Abraham were old by this time (just shy of a hundred). I find this encouraging because it shows me that God’s ways are not our ways. It gives me comfort to know that when God doesn’t make sense to me, He knows what He’s doing.
So, if life has you down and you don’t know what’s going to happen next, rest assured that God has a plan for you, and it’s the best plan for you, whether you see it or not.
One final note, I know Nik has stated this already, but don’t take my word for anything about the Bible that I have written about. Go and find out for yourself to see if I’m right. Delve in deep and find what God is saying.
Chris is a good friend of mine who hails from Watkinsville, GA. He is a young man who has a genuine desire to please God in all he does. For more of his works, check out his blog (which shows he also has a similar love to mine for dead languages):
For the statement that Chris spoke of, see my old blog’s post “Canon Testing/Truth”: http://nikatellerslie.blogspot.com/2010/11/canon-testing.html
Knowing that God is sovereign over all is one thing. But how do we put that into practice when it seems the darkness of current events is unbreakable? Charles Spurgeon, a legendary preacher from yesteryear, addressed that very thing in his incredible, dark-chocolate rich sermon “Songs in the Night”. I cannot encourage you enough to read this sermon: http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/2558.htm
I hope you have been blessed by Chris’s words and the Word of God!
“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” – 1 Peter 1:6-9 (KJV)