Friday, May 15, 2015

Knock It Off!

An artist began working on a large block of marble. A friend watched him as he chipped away, knocking off one piece after another.

Finally the friend asked, “What are you making?”

“A horse,” came the reply.

“How do you do that?” he wanted to know.

“By knocking off everything that doesn’t look like a horse,” said the sculptor.

It is normal to question what God may be doing in our lives from time to time. We often look for meaning or purpose when we enter into a period of suffering or pain. There are days when the problems pile up, the difficulties grow, the confusion is never ending or the light seems about to go out.

Paul said we are “pressed on every side by troubles” – as though we are being squeezed in a vice. But he quickly adds, “we are not crushed or broken” assuring us of the Great Physician’s concern and care. Then he goes on to write that we may be “perplexed” – as if we were in a state of confusion, so he encourages us not to “give up and quit” – knowing that God can make sense out of nonsense. If we “get knocked down” – we will never get knocked out. God will be there to lift us up, dust us off, and send us on our way. The message: We may be at the end of our rope, but not at the end of our hope.

Prayer: Our Father, may we realize the promise of Your power and presence no matter the problem or pain. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: 2 Corinthians 4:1-10 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

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