Serving God through Tough Times
Our God likes to take the weak and use them in the tough times!
Cripple him, and you have a Sir Walter Scott. Lock him in a prison cell, and you have a John Bunyan. Raise him in abject poverty and you have an Abraham Lincoln. Bury him in the snows of Valley Forge, and you have a George Washington.
In a small prayer book written when he was about twenty years old Washington implored: "O most glorious God ... remember that I am but dust, and remit my transgressions, negligence’s and ignorance’s, and cover them all with the absolute obedience of thy dear Son, that those sacrifices (of sin, praise and thanksgiving) which I have offered may be accepted by Thee, in and for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ offered upon the cross for me.... Direct my thoughts, words, and work; wash away my sin in the immaculate blood of the Lamb; and purge my heart by thy Holy Spirit.”
1. Strike him down with infantile paralysis, and he becomes Franklin Roosevelt.
2. Burn him so severely that the doctors say he'll never walk again, and you have a Glenn Cunningham-who set the world's one-mile record in 1934.
3. Deafen him and you have a Ludwig van Beethoven.
4. Have him or her born black in a society filled with racial discrimination, and you have a Booker T. Washington, a Marian Anderson, a George Washington Carver ...
5. Call him a slow learner, "retarded," and write him off as un-educable, and you have an Albert Einstein.
How wonderful that God is more gracious than men. God never excuses disobedience, unfaithfulness, or any other sin. But He will forgive every sin that is placed under the atoning death of His Son, Jesus Christ. Position, prestige, or possessions give no advantage with Him, and lack of those things gives no disadvantage. As Peter learned only after much resistance to the idea, “God is not one to show partiality” (Acts 10:34; cf. 1 Pet. 1:17). In Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female” (Gal. 3:28).
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