Tuesday’s Torch 569
January 7, 2020
First off, I have had some wonderful times recently. Just got done celebrating both of my kids birthdays and Christmas, New Years, so don’t think for a second I don’t acknowledge or appreciate my blessings, because I do.
But there are still times when I feel low because I don’t feel like my situation is at all like what I expected or feel like it should be. I’m sure I still have a lot to learn while experiencing all that I’m going to have to experience. So be it.
But I have been led to share the following verses from 1 Samuel 2:8-10:
“He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and he hath set the world upon them.
He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the Lord shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
In these verses it clearly expresses that the Lord is capable of lifting us from our lowest to the highest. He does that for us. And here is another truth in those verses, are we lifted up by being strong? No. I’ve had people tell me that I must be strong to deal with things I’m dealing with. No. I’m not. And I’m not going to be, not on my own. My strength can only be found in my weakness. My weakness causes me to turn to the Savior and access His strength.
In those verses it says “for by strength shall no man prevail.” For a long time now I’ve been told things that basically amount to I need to be a man about things or “man up”. That I am strong enough to deal with these things. That I should be “over it” by now. And I know in this message I keep saying me me me and I I I a lot. But I know that all of us feel these very same things so often but I can’t speak from your experience, I can’t feel from your pain, i can’t cry from your heartbreak.
But there is one who can. The savior Jesus Christ speaks from your experience, he feels, He feels from your pain, He cries from your heartbreak! He felt your pain and anguish for you, and for me he felt mine. Because He knew, that our strength would not be enough on its own. So he lends us his. And as we accept that help, we can be lifted up, and whether it be now or at that day of resurrection, it will be glorious, and it will be amazing.
But the verses also express that we are to be saints, it warns of what happens to the wicked, so this ain’t a message of do whatever and God will bless us with everything. It’s not even a message that if we do good or are righteous that he will bless us with everything we want here and now, it is a message that as we strive to live righteously, he will make up the difference and we will be uplifted, exalted and inherit a throne of Glory. That is the ultimate blessing brothers and sisters. That is what will for once and for all lift up the heartbroken and the downtrodden.
May we all receive comfort and happiness from that promise. May we all strive to do right. May we allow our weaknesses to cause us to turn to the Savior who will help us overcome them to never be held down again. Let us follow him! That is my hope and prayer in his name, even the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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