(This is for a special person — you know who you are.  For more proof read “Jesus Calling” August 1)

“No one has ever lost out by excessive devotion to Christ.”  H. A. Ironside

It gives many a chill throughout the inner being when one conceives what the sacrifice of Christ on the cross really means.  But how many of us really knows the life He promised after the cross.  Those who have passed through the Cross have a source of a joyous peace to get through trials that life throws to each of us.  Most do not know what it is like because somewhere after learning what the Cross means, the promises of the Lord’s sacrifice is lost or hidden from us by the trials meant to increase our faith.  Some of these trials are huge.  The faith part is trusting that even though it hurts, is impossible, we have no control, we want to remove it and not deal with it ; believe it or not, it is for our good.  That good is in His hands.  With all the various activities going on around us, it is hard to pick what ones we should address and what ones we should let go.  Everyone deals with distractions that take away our abilities to handle any given situation.  As a Christian, our part of the solution is to develop a relationship with the Lord.  He does understand when we can’t or don’t want to deal with whatever is upsetting our lives.  Some will say that is a crutch, but all of us need some kind of support in dealing with climbing an uphill battle, especially one we have no control over.  Truthfully, there is only one thing we have control over and that is our reaction to life.  When we develop a relationship with the Lord, we befriend the most powerful being.  As with any relationship, this takes quality time.

Hebrews 10:36 “For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.”

Note the word “was”: it is already there for us, just ask for His help to do His will.  May the Lord bless in this.