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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 10, 2012 - Never Forsaken

By Ron Johnson

Have you ever felt forsaken? I have. Sometimes it seems life sets us up and then ambushes us, hitting us with a barrage of overwhelming circumstances. When the problems of life gang up on us it’s easy to feel snowed under and abandoned. I don’t know about you, but there have been times when I have even felt forsaken by God. Of course, I knew deep within this wasn’t the case; but, nonetheless, this is how I felt. I felt that family, friends, and even the Lord had stepped away from me, and I was standing alone. That’s a cold, dark, lonely place.

Everyone goes through such seasons of testing. The apostle Paul wrote concerning one such experience: “For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers, of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself” (2 Corinthians 1:8, ESV). Have you ever been pushed beyond what you thought you could stand, even to the point of hopelessness? Have you ever despaired of life?

How many people have in their hour of trial, in a moment of desperation, surrendered to hopelessness? We must realize that no matter how dark it may seem there is light at the end of the tunnel; we must hold on until the storm passes. Yes, the sun will shine again. There is hope for a better tomorrow.

I believe the Lord knew there would be times we would feel overwhelmed. He also knew we would need to be reminded of His presence in those times of desperation. I believe this is precisely the reason that we are told in God’s Word, “For he [Christ] hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5, KJV).

Stop and consider, what does the word “never” mean? Can we take Christ at His word that He will “never” leave or forsake us? Yes, we can. We can rest in our Lord’s love and faithfulness.

Because of the Lord’s faithfulness in our hour of trial, we have hope. Hear the word of the Lord: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope”(Jeremiah 29:11, ESV).

God has a plan for our lives. It is His desire that we experience an abundant life. Jesus said, “The thief [the devil] comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

To receive God’s gift of abundant life, we must as a child come to our Heavenly Father and surrender our desires. This is the first step down the path with the Lord as He transforms our lives from the dead past into a bright new day. Our Heavenly Father presents us with a future that is shining with hope and many wonderful possibilities.

— Ron Johnson is a freelance writer. He is retired from the Assemblies of God National Leadership and Resource Center.

 

 

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