No Simple Recipe
Read: Hebrews 4:11-16
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. —
Bible in a Year:
Numbers 7-8; Mark 4:21-41
For our grandson’s birthday, my wife baked and decorated a gigantic chocolate chip cookie to serve at his party. She got out her cookbook, gathered the ingredients, and began to follow the simple steps involved in making cookies. She followed a simple recipe and everything turned out well.
Wouldn’t it be nice if life was like that? Just follow a few easy steps and then enjoy a happy life.
But life is not so simple. We live in a fallen world and there is no easy recipe to follow that will ensure a life free of pain, loss, injustice, or suffering.
In the midst of life’s pain, we need the personal care of the Savior who lived in this world and experienced the same struggles we face. Hebrews 4:15 encourages us: “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Christ, who died to give us life, is completely sufficient to carry us through our heartaches and dark experiences. He has “borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (Isa. 53:4).
Jesus knows there is no simple “recipe” to prevent the heartaches of life, so He entered into them with us. Will we trust Him with our tears and grief?
When the trials of this life make you weary
And your troubles seem too much to bear,
There’s a wonderful solace and comfort
In the silent communion of prayer. —Anon.
The Christ who died to give us life will carry us through its heartaches.
Forged in the Furnace of Affliction
The Lord our God hath shewed us His glory.
God’s great design in all His works is the manifestation of His own glory. Any aim less than this were unworthy of Himself. But how shall the glory of God be manifested to such fallen creatures as we are? Man’s eye is not single, he has ever a side glance towards his own honour, has too high an estimate of his own powers, and so is not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord. It is clear, then, that self must stand out of the way, that there may be room for God to be exalted; and this is the reason why He bringeth His people ofttimes into straits and difficulties, that, being made conscious of their own folly and weakness, they may be fitted to behold the majesty of God when He comes forth to work their deliverance. He whose life is one even and smooth path, will see but little of the glory of the Lord, for he has few occasions of self-emptying, and hence, but little fitness for being filled with the revelation of God. They who navigate little streams and shallow creeks, know but little of the God of tempests; but they who “do business in great waters,” these see His “wonders in the deep.” Among the huge Atlantic-waves of bereavement, poverty, temptation, and reproach, we learn the power of Jehovah, because we feel the littleness of man. Thank God, then, if you have been led by a rough road: it is this which has given you your experience of God’s greatness and lovingkindness. Your troubles have enriched you with a wealth of knowledge to be gained by no other means: your trials have been the cleft of the rock in which Jehovah has set you, as He did His servant Moses, that you might behold His glory as it passed by. Praise God that you have not been left to the darkness and ignorance which continued prosperity might have involved, but that in the great fight of affliction, you have been capacitated for the outshinings of His glory in His wonderful dealings with you
Giving Glory to God
Is my reason for being
Standing firm on His Word
In all that I am doing.
Regardless of pressure
Regardless of the storm
His presence is assured
And I can have great calm.
His grace keeps me going
Regardless of the sea
Rising and buffeting;
He’s Master of the sea.
Hard-pressed, yet I’m not crushed
Tossed about yet standing;
Threatened yet very blessed;
Broken, sore, yet winning.
Cast Down but Unconquered
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed —
10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.
11 For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death is working in us, but life in you.
13 And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,
14 knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
Seeing the Invisible
16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.2 Cor4:7-15
when you forget to live
Interview with God
Love Letter from God
God, seen through His creation
This too shall pass- Helen Steiner Price
However dark things might appear to me now, I will remember that this too shall pass. Day will come and the sun will shine again. Whatever the thing is that scare me, it will fade with the new dawn. So I will persist, for things will get better.
Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep – Mary Elizabeth Frye (music by Katherine Jenkins)
This poem is like a voice from beyond the grave telling us not to mourn the dead. Our spirit are eternal so don’t mourn me just because you can’t see me. Death might seem like an end to you, but it is only now that I am free. Do not cry and weep for I am still around. I am not in the grave, I’ve become like a butterfly.
Inspirational Quotes videos
Pain may train
For the reign
It may tame
for the fame
Pain may rein
In the pride
Shield in rain
In your ride
Pain may pay
In a way
You don’t know
So you glow.
Pain precedes gain
Pay the Price
Pain May Train
When Heavens Are Brass
Where is God?
It’s time to praise
When health does wane
Love is the key
Pain precedes gain
Could be a voice
To board a new train
To trigger your joys.
So listen to that voice
That is megaphone
And make the right choice
To get fattest bone.
Today don’t delay
The night will soon come
Make hay while it’s day
Let His Kingdom come.
At home by His own
There he has great strain
Because he’s disowned.
But cover remains
Whenever it rains
He is merciful
1 Thessalonians 2
18 Therefore we wanted to come to you — even I, Paul, time and again — but Satan hindered us.
22 For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you.
2 Corinthians 7
5 For indeed, when we came toMacedonia, our bodies had no rest, but we were troubled on every side. Outside were conflicts, inside were fears.
1 For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,
1 Thessalonians 2
2 But even after we had suffered before and were spitefully treated atPhilippi, as you know, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God in much conflict.
2/1/12 ©Fenny West2012
Especially for the just
If you don’t know it, you’re lost
If you stay in the boat
You can’t get God’s coat
And all you’ll eat is oat.
Paul had a Partner: Pain
But this Pain brought great Gain
Enabled him to reign
As sure as he endured,
You too must endure,
For a Promise: sure.
Wind will always blow
When you venture out: go!
Know it’s from the foe.
Well, God will also allow,
So that you can bow;
Even as you wow.
It’s not about you
When you breakthrough,
But about Faithful and True.
23 Are they ministers of Christ? — I speak as a fool — I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often.
24 From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one.
25 Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness —
28 besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.
29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with indignation?
30 If I must boast, I will boast in the things which concern my infirmity.
31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying.
32 InDamascus the governor, under Aretas the king, was guarding the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desiring to arrest me;
33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and escaped from his hands.
©Fenny West 2011