Often, those who choose the narrow path will experience unforeseen delays and barriers along our journey. Encountering crossroads and detours leaves travelers questioning whether we are still on the right path. Sometimes, we have no other option than to walk through intense fiery furnaces before reaching our appointed destination—the Promised Land.
March 20, 2008
Who is this God who can transform my crises and heal my wounded soul?
Let’s get to know the only person in the entire universe who is all-knowing, all-powerful, present everywhere and who can care for every person’s wounded soul at the same time. God has chosen to reveal himself in many ways so that people from every culture and socioeconomic background, throughout all generations, may know and interact with him.
March 16, 2020
The Good Shepherd cares for his sheep in valleys of despair
Far too often in the midst of our suffering, we underestimate the power of God to transform our circumstances into his glorious kingdom purposes. We also tend to minimize his gentle care for us.
March 14, 2020
Crises can turn into my greatest bends in the road
Everyone has had them or will have them. People cannot anticipate their arrival. Individuals cannot imagine their implications. They possess the capacity to impact our entire lives. Crises remain hidden until we are thrust into their uncharted territory.
March 17, 2020
God, you’re saying you want ME to do WHAT?
On some levels, I am scared of the unknown that awaits me. Sometimes, I struggle with human fears. However, they don’t even come close to my reverent fear of the Lord. It’s really quite simple: I would rather face my momentary earthly fears now, than face the Lord in heaven and try to ashamedly explain why I didn’t step out in faith to follow him when he called me.
November 1, 1996
God always has higher purposes for my suffering
From a human perspective, it sure doesn’t feel like God is sovereign. Rather, it appears that Satan is in charge creating havoc everywhere. We must remember, though, basing our perspective on feelings is like riding a never-ending roller coaster. Emotions and appearances can be very deceiving.
March 15, 2020
Talking with God is essential to surviving my painful trials
“When we are in the wilderness, it is vital that we keep dialoguing with the Lord,” wrote Dee Brestin. “Just as in a marriage, when there is trouble, it is important that we keep talking, speaking the truth in love, and that we keep listening, allowing our heart to be teachable. So it is in our love relationship with Jesus.”
March 13, 2020
Ready, set, go! Do you want to skydive with the Lord, or live your life on the ground?
A friend of mine faxed me an advertisement from Fuller Theological Seminary. It shows five skydivers jumping out of an airplane. The headline reads, “Living out your hopes and dreams for ministry is like skydiving. Nothing happens until you step out. . . . ”