Humiliation is brought to humble us, but it is God who saves us from our circumstances.
It is written, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Often God brings people to the point of hopelessness before saving them. We see this in the story of the Paul being shipwrecked on the Island of Malta which by the way means ‘honey’. The scripture tells us “And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away.”
It seemed that all hope was lost and that everyone on that ship would die. But that night an angel came on board and told Paul that as long as all the folks stayed on the ship, they would live. This in itself tells me that as long as we if we hold fast to all that we have learned and rejoice in our hope, firm unto the end, we too will be saved.
A fella by the name of Luke wrote: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
In this life, especially in this day and age, we must be prepared. Sometimes we find ourselves up against far more than we can handle on our own. We can take all the help we can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting we will still be on our feet.
Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. We can learn how to apply them. We will need them throughout the remainder of our life. In the same way God’s word is an indispensable weapon and prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
Don’t forget Luke’s note to us to pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass. There are some awful days on the horizon,. We can not have faith in ourselves or even faith in our faith. We must have faith in Jesus, who will see us through and bring about our salvation.
Psalm 34:18, Acts 27:20, Luke 21:36
10/16/2011 ~ Eudora