Higher Ground: Stand by me

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I am having to restrain myself, the Red Sox have won two straight after losing four in a row. Bring on those Yankees.

How strange it is we as humans can go from euphoria to despair with regards to a meaningless game or event. But there are stages or events of life which bring significant times of sadness.

Someone has said everyone is either in the midst of a storm, coming out of a storm or soon will experience a storm. None of us are exempt from life’s struggles. We would like life to be fair or explainable. But there are many things which will remain a mystery.

It has been said the safest place you can be is in the will of God. This may be true in terms of your relationship with God but it is not true in physical terms. Great heroes of the faith have experienced terrible times of suffering and even death.

The apostle Paul said “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is like to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”

He indicated he had learned this, it did not come automatically. Often we learn through painful disobedience or foolish mistakes which reap harmful consequences. At other times through no fault of our own, life comes crashing in.

David, described as a man after God’s own heart, experienced times of despair. In Psalms 31 he cries out, “Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.” But after his lament, he concludes by saying, “But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God, My times are in your hands.’”

In Luke 6, Jesus said, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not what I say.” He then gave the illustration of the man who built his house on the sand. It did not stand the storms that came. But the man who dug deep and built his house on rock was able to withstand the storms of life.

No matter what you are going through, God would have you build your house, life, on genuine faith in Him, through repentance and obedience. We live in a time of rugged individualism.

God only is a distant figure. His loving will is that he becomes the central part of your daily life, guiding and instructing you in the way you should go. Then you can pray the words of the old gospel song; “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. In the midst of faults and failures stand by me. When I’m growing old and feeble stand by me, when my life becomes a burden and I’m nearing chilly Jordan, O Thou Lily of the valley stand by me.”

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