DOWN AND OUT.

WE ALL GET DOWN FROM TIME TO TIME. THE STRUGGLES OF LIFE ARE GREAT. AN ILLNESS, MARRIAGE PROBLEMS, FINANCIAL COMPLICATIONS AND MORE SET IN ON US AND OTHERS. IF NOT US, TODAY MAY BE THE DAY A FAMILY MEMBER, A FRIEND OR A CO-WORKER IS DEALING WITH A SITUATION.

OUR BIBLE TELLS OF MANY WHO WERE ‘DOWN AND OUT’. MOSES WAS LEFT AS AN ORPHAN, KILLED A MAN AND CARRIED THE BURDENS OF HIS PEOPLE TO THE PHARAOH AND THEN THRU THE DESERT FOR 40 YEARS. WE HAVE TO KNOW; HE FELT DOWN AND OUT AT TIMES. WHAT ABOUT JOB? GOD ALLOWED SATAN TO TEST JOB. JOB LOST HIS WEALTH, ALL HIS CHILDREN WERE KILLED AND FELL ILL. TALK ABOUT DOWN AND OUT! BOTH MOSES AND JOB CONTINUED TO WORSHIP GOD WITHOUT FAIL. THEY REFUSED TO ALLOW WORLDLY TROUBLES TO DETER THEIR FAITH.

ARE YOU DOWN AND OUT? TELL GOD. GO TO GOD IN PRAYER AND TELL HIM ALL IN YOUR HEART. GOD WILL LISTEN. IN TURN, DON’T END YOUR PRAYER AFTER VENTING. LISTEN. LISTEN CAREFULLY. LISTEN HUMBLY. GOD HAS AN ANSWER. WAIT FOR HIS ANSWER.

AT THE SAME TIME, IT MAY SEEM IMPOSSIBLE, BUT THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAS A SITUATION THAT IS MORE DESPERATE THAN YOUR PROBLEM. DON’T BE SO BLINDED BY YOUR OWN PROBLEMS THAT YOU FORGET OTHERS. WE CAN ALL REACH OUT TO OTHERS. SHARE GOD’S WORDS WITH THEM. LIFT THEM UP SO THEY CAN LIFT UP SOMEONE ELSE.

“GOD HAS GIVEN ME THE TONGUE OF THE LEARNED, THAT I SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPEAK A WORD IN SEASON TO HIM WHO IS WEARY.” ISAIAH 50:4 NIV