“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” – Revelation 5:8
It’s near midnight and I was just wondering about something I read concerning prayer. Continue reading
Someone once said, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Of course, it was a reference to troubles common to us all. However, lemonade is not the only use for lemons. I use lemons as seasoning. A couple of slices when grilling fresh salmon is very tasty.
The fact is, most seasoning by themselves does not taste well at all. I do not like black pepper, cumin, garlic, et cetera, straight from their containers. When I focus solely on trials I don’t like them.
I view trials as the seasoning in life. By themselves, they are bitter and sometimes cruel. Added to the rest of our lives, God’s blessings, the promise of eternal bliss in heaven, and the many other benefits, they are as seasoning. Just as salt, pepper, and some lemon slices make us appreciate grilled salmon, trials make us appreciate life more and better.
(2 Timothy 1:5)
God’s word gives us examples of faith in the fire, faith in the flood, faith when outnumbered by the enemy, faith when facing an indomitable foe, faith in prison, faith during torture, faith when destitute, hungry, and thirsty, faith on stormy seas, faith to lose everything and faith to receive it all back again, faith to procreate though infertile, and faith to die. In every instance of faith it is manifested in adversity or great need. However, there are no examples in the Scriptures of faith operating in a peaceful and bountiful climate.
Someone might contend that the peaceful climate is the result of faith. That may be true, but it is not faith in operation. Good health is the result of exercise, but it is not exercise. If our comfortable status is faith, then obviously we would never have adversity. Further, there would be no biblical examples of godly men and women exercising faith to overcome adversity. Continue reading