Monday, September 23, 2013
In today's reading my weekly KCBI Devotion I was reading on the topic of help. Who do we turn to in times of trouble. How do we heal?
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence." — 2 Peter 1:3
Home Depot is often referred to as “The Mall for Men.” Whether you are a real do-it-yourselfer or make only a few small repairs occasionally, you can appreciate the store. No matter the project, you can find the right tools and supplies there to tackle any job with confidence. In addition, some Home Depot employees are professional carpenters, electricians, even home builders on the side.
We can all read the instructions, power up the equipment, even dress like some of the pros when tackling home repair, but sometimes our lack of experience on larger projects can spell disaster.
There are similar situations in building the Christian life. While we move through the average day of our Christian journey uneventfully, challenges arise that present projects requiring spiritual depth.
You encounter a broken relationship. You know you should seek God, but how should you pray? The family has chosen you to confront an errant sibling at the holiday gathering. It’s a problem that has gone on too long, but you doubt your skills to handle the moment of truth. Or, you sit stone-faced across from the doctor as you hear an unexpected report. The Bible is clear that faith is necessary to please God, but can you muster enough of it to stare down the life-threatening test results?
The apostle’s words in 2 Peter 1 comfort the weary heart. Verse 3 reads, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence.”
First, the help we need, and are given, is from God. Although the basic instruction says pray for the relationship, God’s intervention gives us insights into specific things about which to pray. "And He who searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." — Romans 8:27
God’s power also equips us to be successful in Christian service and to live as people transformed by His power. So, as you help the errant loved one, you do so in a way that puts on display the character of Christ. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control; against such there is no law." — Galatians 5:22
Finally, nothing does more to calm the anxious soul than the intimate knowledge of God’s providential care of His loved ones. There’s an inexhaustible supply of peace and comfort from God as we spend time in His storehouse. “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and thoughts toward us; none can compare with You! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told." — Psalm 40:4-5