I’m sure we all have a limit. I’m not convinced that we all know precisely where that limit is, but I’m sure we all have one. You’ve heard people say and maybe you’ve even said, “I’ve reached my limit and can’t handle anymore.” Sometimes it’s the physical trials of this life that push people to their limit. It could also be the constant struggle with temptation. Temptations are the internal desires of the flesh to do what is contrary to the will of God. It seems that there is some kind of temptation knocking on the door of our lives every day.
Just acknowledging that reality may be enough to push some to their limit. The good news for us is that God is in control and knows us even better than we do. God knows exactly what we can and cannot handle and assures us that He will not allow us tempted beyond our ability. “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”(I Cor.10:13). With each temptation we face, God will not allow us to be overcome and He is faithful to always provide us an escape. We may feel at times that we are fast approaching our limit, but it is comforting to know that God knows our limit and will faithfully see us through.
If ever there was ever a time that we needed to wake up and seek God, it’s now. From the reports I’ve seen, the Florida school shooting was our eighteenth this year and we’re not even two months into this new year. Our hearts break for the families and victims. We pray for them and the Florida community affected, then, we get right back to business as usual. My point is nothing really changes. One side screams about gun control and another side screams about increasing security. Eighteen school shootings in less than two months says to me that not only are we not doing something right, but we don’t have a clue what to do.
I understand violence has been around since the beginning, but we never had active shooter classes or drills when I was in school. We didn’t have school shootings when I was a kid. What can and will change the path America is on? Not one single man made law or idea will change anything, or at least it hasn’t yet. We need to seek God first. God needs to become the top priority of our families, communities, states and our country. When parents are faithful Christians and raise their children to be faithful Christians it changes the dynamic of our culture.
I’ve believed for years and still believe today that the biggest problem plaguing our country is the breakdown of the family. We need Christian moms and dads who seek God first and stick together through the difficult times and raise Christian children to do the same. We need to read the Bible and get the Bible and prayer back into school. I’ve never understood why the theory of evolution can be taught in schools but the Bible and creation are banned. That’s nothing short of hypocrisy. If we want to see a positive change in our country, then we need to welcome God back into our lives and our country.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”(Mt.6:33)
We love to feel joy and express that joy. We seem to always be looking for the next reason to feel and express joy. If our team wins we are overcome with joy. When our child succeeds we are quick to shout with joy. Life also brings circumstances that appear to steal our joy. At certain times our joy grows strangely silent. So, where does your joy come from?
Sadly, our joy seems to come and go and not be a constant presence in our lives. You may think that’s normal and the way it is with everyone. That’s not true. It wasn’t true for the apostle Paul whose joy was a consistent and constant presence in his everyday life, no matter what. The secret is, Paul’s joy didn’t come from outward circumstances. When your joy comes from outward circumstances it has a tendency to be up one day and down the next depending on what’s going on at the time. Paul’s joy was consistent and constant everyday no matter his circumstances because his joy came from the Lord.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice”(Phil.4:4).