• Bessie Barker


Ugh! That heading was hard to write! ~ Difficulties are something I never want, ever, ever. ~ I would like a consistent life with no bumps or challenging surprises... YET I cannot deny their power to turn my heart towards God. ~ Do you notice that? Or is it just me? ~ When life is easy, I think I'm doing well by myself, therefore no great need for my all-powerful God. ~ This leads me to subtly ignore Him: make decisions without consulting Him, have difficult conversations without asking Him to take the lead and guide me. Oh dear... the results are always painful, sometimes catastrophic. ~ Why, oh why do I try to do anything without Jesus? ~ Theologian Charles Spurgeon wrote, "Man has too high an estimation of his own power, and so is not qualified to behold the glory of the Lord." ~ "It is clear, then, that 'self' must stand out of the way, (so) that there may be room for God to be exalted." ~ "This is the reason he brings His people, oftimes into difficulties: so that being made conscious of their own weakness, they may be fit to behold the majesty of God when he delivers them." ~ Wow. ~ My prayer this week: Please, God, keep me ever aware of my need for you. And if through difficulties, so be it. ~ But along the way, please grow my relying-on-you muscles, so I can remember to come to you first, always. YOU are God and I am NOT. ~

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