The photographer for a well-known magazine was assigned to take photos of a great forest fire. The problem was that smoke at the scene hampered him. So he frantically called his home office to hire a plane. “It will be waiting for you at the airport!” he was assured by his editor.
As soon as he got to the small, rural airport, sure enough, a plane was warming up near the runway. So the reporter jumped in with his equipment and yelled, “Let’s go! Let’s go!” The pilot swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air.
“Fly over the north side of the fire,” said the photographer, “and make three or four low, level passes.” “Why?” asked the pilot. “Because I’m going to take pictures!” said the photographer with great exasperation. “I’m a photographer, and photographers take pictures!”
After a long pause the pilot said, “You mean you’re not the instructor?”
"The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want." Proverbs 21:5
May the Lord bless you and yours today, and throughout this day remember that you are loved!!!
“We can rest contentedly in our sins and in our stupidities, and everyone who has watched a glutton shoveling down the most exquisite foods as if they did not know what they were eating, will admit that we can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
C. S. Lewis
Two of my dear family members have recently suffered with great pain. So often, Christians experience pain on seemingly intolerable levels. A brother-in-law shared with me, how close he had been drawn to God during his time of suffering. What keeps the Christian going through the hard times and trials of life is the fact that God is in control. When that truth is magnified in our knowledge, Christ can help us strengthen our dependence on Him.
Yet unfortunately today, much of the Christian message has been distorted, with many “preachers” of the Word proclaiming that God only wants us to be healthy, wealthy, and prosperous. This is a dangerous message not only because it isn’t biblical, but because it directly contradicts the experiences of so many faithful followers of Christ.
Pain is real. But in Christ, you have the assurance that it’s temporary. Remember Luther on his sick-bed? Between his groans he managed to preach on along this line: "These pains and trouble here are like the type which the printers set; as they look now, we have to read them backwards, and they seem to have no sense or meaning in them; but up yonder, when the Lord God prints us off in the life to come, we shall find they make brave reading."
So if you’re suffering today, deepen your dependence on God and remember that there will come a day when all pain will end and you’ll be with the Lord forever!
"....neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4b
May the Comforter bless your day, and may you know that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!