Wednesday, 30 April 2014

It Never Rains but it Pours

13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b]beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1Corinthians 10:13 NIV

This title was suggested to me by a reader.  Perhaps his suggestion was prompted by the constant dripping of rain that we are experiencing or a series of unanticipated events, in either case here is what it brought to mind.

The basic meaning behind this idiom is that often we will go through a season with little or no rain and then all of a sudden we are faced with a deluge.  Sadly that deluge is usually an unexpected, costly series of circumstances that leaves us reeling before the sun comes back out.  It may be that a family of six has just learned that two of the children need braces, the same week their washing machine breaks down and their car needs new brake pads.

Most of us have lived long enough have had a week where our world seems to crash in around us.  In all honesty our first response is not to sing the doxology –“praise God from whom all blessings flow…” Christian though we may be.

This is where the rubber meets the road.  When we are experiencing a mild shower or two followed by periods of a few clouds and some sunshine it is easy to acknowledge God’s sovereignty.  When we are faced with torrential downpours in our lives He is still the same all powerful, all loving, omnipotent God who only wants our best.

It is this confident understanding of who our God is that helps us to weather the storms of life.  For it is our trust and faith in His unconditional love that gives us hope.  After all is it not hope that we most need when faced with great difficulty?  Is it not the hope that comes from firmly believing that God is in control that enables us to wade through our troubles in anticipation of seeing the sun?

Maybe you have not seen a sunny day for a long time.  Some of you are facing a serious illness or have a loved one who has received a terminal diagnosis.  Some of you are estranged from loved ones.  Some of you are unemployed or under employed and worried about meeting financial obligations.  Perhaps you have an addiction that you just can’t shake.

It is at these times when even the strongest of marriages are at risk.  It is at these times that we must remember a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  You, your spouse and God can emerge victoriously.

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