Friday, December 07, 2007

MARGIES BIMS

BARREN BUT NOT BITTER-LUKE 1:5-17******

BARRENNESS, WHETHER PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL, CAN LEAD TO BITTERNESS IN SOME OF GOD'S PEOPLE. IT CAN DEVELOP IN THE HEART OF A DISAPPOINTED COUPLE WHO CANNOT HAVE A CHILD. IT CAN ALSO OCCUR WHEN PEOPLE SERVE GOD AND SEE NO RESULTS.

A MISSIONARY COUPLE WHO SERVED DILIGENTLY FOR MANY YEARS WITH NO VISIBLE FRUIT ASKED IN FRUSTRATION, "HAVE WE WASTED OUR LIVES?" A YOUNG PASTOR AND HIS WIFE LABORED 5 YEARS FOR A THANKLESS, UNRESPONSIVE CONGREGATION, POURING OUT THEIR LIVES ON THEIR PEOPLE. "DO THEY EVEN CARE?" THE WOMAN ASKED.

ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH, MENTIONED IN LUKE 1, ARE A MODEL FOR ANYONE WHO IS FACING PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL BARRENNESS. THE AGED COUPLE HAD AN IMPECCABLE REPUTATION, HAVING FAITHFULLY AND OBEDIENTLY SERVED THE LORD FOR MANY YEARS. THEY HAD PRAYED FOR CHILDREN, BUT NONE CAME. YET INSTEAD OF BECOMING BITTER, THEY KEPT SERVING AND OBEYING THE LORD. IN HIS TIME, GOD HONORED ZACHARIAS AND ELIZABETH WITH A SON NAMED JOHN, THE ONE WHO WOULD PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE MESSIAH (VVV.13-17).

TO AVOID DEVELOPING A BITTER SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE, FAITHFULLY SERVE AND OBEY THE LORD IN THE PLACE WHERE HE HAS CALLED YOU. TRUST GOD TO BLESS YOU IN HIS TIME, IN HIS WAY, AND ACCORDING TO HIS PLAN.

LORD, KEEP ME FROM BEING BITTER
WHEN THINGS DON'T GO MY WAY,
AND GRANT ME YOUR GRACE AND WISDOM
TO DO YOUR WILL TODAY.

LET'S BE FAITHFUL-AND LEAVE THE RESULTS WITH GOD. HE LOVES US SO MUCH, HE DESIRES EVERYTHING FROM YOUR HEART, IN HIS OWN TIME. HOPE TO SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

HAVE A HAPPY, BLESSED DAY***********
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1 comment:

Randyman said...

"LET'S BE FAITHFUL-AND LEAVE THE RESULTS WITH GOD." That says it all. I'm working on it Auntie.