What a week!
The news has been filled with things that bring fear to our lives, makes us faint-hearted.
People’s lives snuffed out by a giant typhoon in Asia.
Two-hundred-ninety-eight travelers leaving Amsterdam for a “normal” flight, shot out of the sky.
Intense fighting going on between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
Fires in the western U.S. and flooding in the Midwest.
What are we to think?
To quote Elisabeth Elliot, whom I have quoted before, whose husband was savagely killed by the very people he was taking the Gospel to:
“When terrible things happen, there are two choices, and only two. We can trust God or we can defy Him. We believe that God is God. He’s still got the whole world in His hands and knows exactly what He’s doing or we must believe that we are at the awful mercy of mere chance.”
Which choice will we make?
Why does God allow tragic circumstances to invade our lives?
On occasion, all of us face adversity and through our lives we endure personal losses that are breath taking.
According to the Word of God, Jeremiah 29:11, He has a plan for each life and that plan may be related to the tough times we face.
A scripture that captures my attention is found in the little book of Habakkuk, chapter 3, verses 17 and 18.
Paraphrasing verse 17: The planes fall out of the sky, the wars continue, the storms make fields desolate, though our lives are turned upside down–
“YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION.”
I have decided to make that my choice–will you join me?
As Max Lucado says of trouble, “Don’t measure the size of the mountain, talk to the One who can move it.”
Yes! I’ll join you in this for sure…even though the fear sure creeps in to strangle my faith sometimes. Thanks so much for your insight and reminder.
Thank you for this reminder! Such an encouragement to know the mountain is not too big for my God!
This was so good; it is so easy to be discouraged with many things in life, but what a good reminder of the attitude to have. Thank you; I needed this today!
Yay! You’ve returned home safely! I always look forward to your post on Mondays! Each one has been such a help and encouragement to me. Thank you for all your time and the love that you give each week. It seems to always be exactly what I need. I love you !
Each of these posts are a wonderful blessing to my family and I. Thanks you so much for sharing your wisdom and love with us all.
DEAR Mrs. Hyles…you’re ALWAYS SUCH AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND WONDERFUL INSPIRATION!!!! THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!! I love you too!!! 🙂 Sincerely, Jan B. Romans 8:26-39
Thank you, Mrs. Hyles for putting it so plainly. I needed to be reminded today that I am not at the mercy of chance, but in the hand of the Father.
YES! Mrs. Hyles.. I join you, “Yet I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD,I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION”. Hope you had a great restful time, and missed you. May the Lord bless and keep you in His tender loving care.
Sometimes we dwell too much on the negative happenings in our world, but just today there are many blessings. Thanks for taking our thoughts God-ward. Linda Elder
Glad you are back from your vacation, hope you had a good and restful time. I am with you Mrs. Hyles, “YET I WILL REJOICE IN THE LORD, I WILL JOY IN THE GOD OF MY SALVATION.” God bless you and love ya, have a wonderful day. Mrs. Lee Ann Gray
I missed your post last week. I am glad your back, and hope you had a good time. Thank you for all you do for the Lord and others.
my thoughts have been on these issues, too. choosing to trust in God. we are planning our 40th anniversary cruise to include Jerusalem, in October. how was your vacation week? Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:03:59 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your post this morning. It was a “reset button” for me this morning.
What a blessing, Mrs. Hyles. Thank you.
I absolutely love your post!!!! Praise the LORD for TRUST. I CHOOSE to trust Him!!
Great message! Thank you for taking time for all of us!