Monday, September 19, 2011

The Ups and Downs Of Life~

Most of us with any grey in our hair would have to admit life has its ups and downs. This past week my heart has known grief as it never has as I said Farewell to my Daddy. My father was a very broken man with addictions but there was a time he received Jesus as his Saviour and he had made his reservation in Heaven. We talked about it many times.

When I was young and just starting out~ I thought I had it all figured out. I was going to play this game of life as a "Spiritual Giant"~ I would do it better than my parents did. I was on fire and I was so determined to do it different. After all my parents had made many mistakes.  I thought I had all the answers ~that God had given me insight beyond that of my parents and generations before me. SO I marched off to Bible College with vigor. You see that was my first mistake. God taught me a whole life full of lessons. First that I was prideful in my thinking. I now know God hates pride and the parents He gives us is His divine plan for our lives. They are God's perfect plan for our lives and they deserve to be respected! The youthful would be wise to learn and listen to avoid making many foolish mistakes. God taught me that the sin of my pride was wrong through many of life's ups and downs.

Solomon’s father, David, was called “a man after [God’s] own heart” (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). Yet David’s life illustrates how life is filled with seasons of ups and downs. David wept over his and Bathsheba’s first child who was fatally ill (2 Sam. 12:22). Yet he also wrote songs of praise and joyous laughter (Ps. 126:1-3). With the death of his rebellious son Absalom, David experienced a time of deep mourning (2 Sam. 18:33). And when the ark was brought to Jerusalem, David, in spiritual ecstasy, danced before the Lord (2 Sam. 6:12-15).

We really have things all turned upside down when we portray that this Christian life is always peaceful and happy. The Bible clearly shows time and time again that the believer's life is a season of ups and downs.  But whether we are in a time of sadness or we are up on the mountain this morning~ each season should motivate us to seek the Lord and know that we can trust Him~ for He makes no mistakes.

My faith still holds even in this time of weeping. God is good and He can be trusted! 



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