Ever complain about having enough time or energy to do all that the Lord would have you do?
Do you think you just don’t have any reason to encourage others because your life is so difficult?
Are you grumbling or giving thanks?
Num 14:27 “How long shall this wicked congregation grumble against me?” ESV
Ps 105:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! ESV
After watching this video see if you can still complain!
It says in James 1:2, “Consider it pure joy, my Brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds.“
It seemed like a tall order to “count” hurt, pain and struggle as nothing but “pure joy” when my birth date arrived. My parents were Christians; my Dad was even a Pastor of our church, so that verse was quite familiar to them. However, on the morning of December 4th , 1982, in Melbourne, Australia, the last two words on the minds of my parents was “Praise God!”. Their firstborn son had been born without limbs! There were no warnings or time to prepare themselves for it. Having no answers at all, the doctors were completely shocked and taken off guard!
The whole church mourned over my birth and my parents were absolutely devastated. “If God is a God of love,” they questioned, “Then why would He let something like this happen, and especially to committed Christians?” My Dad did not think I would survive for very long. But, tests proved that I was a healthy baby boy with just one hitch, I’d been born without any limbs.