Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/22/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 29:16 “How stupid can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you. You are only the jars he makes! Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, “He didn’t make us”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

Let us think about this for a moment. How often do we question God? How often do we come up against things in our lives that we simply do not like and do not think is good in any way and then accuse God of not loving us? Do we blame God for what goes wrong with us? It happens, doesn’t it? How should we think about God when we don’t like what is happening?

We need to get to know God well enough to know who He is so we don’t turn on Him when things go bad. We need to know that God’s nature never changes. He is always good; He always does what is right. God is incapable of acting towards us in evil ways. He is holy love and always works for our good. He allows things to happen in our lives for our good. He desires that we grow through the tough times so our faith is made stronger. He knows what we need to experience so that we will become more holy and learn to trust Him more.

Instead of seeing things as bad, we need to see them as good. Circumstances do not define who God is. They do not reflect His love for us. He is in control of the lives of those who are committed to Him. He in His wisdom knows how to best help us become a holy people. Instead of complaining about our difficulties, we should see them as a good and necessary part of our lives. We should thank the Lord in the midst of our struggles for His goodness to us. We should get our eyes off of our problems and focus on the goodness and holiness of God.

It is foolishness to turn against God when things don’t go our way. He never promises that things will always be what we want them to be like. He never promises us an easy road to heaven. We need to grow up and deal with life positively and not negatively. All that blaming God does for us to push us away from God. Wise is he who draws near to God regardless of the circumstances that surround us. Wise is he who turns to God and seeks God’s help to overcome. Wise is he who knows how to praise the Lord in all things.

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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