MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2011
"Do not...be dismayed...I will help you." Isa 41:10 AMP
As long as you're willing to live with the problem, you won't solve it! Sometimes a situation that infuriates you, or unlocks your compassion, is a situation God's calling you to tackle. Nehemiah couldn't bear to think of Jerusalem in ruins, so he rallied God's people and rebuilt it. David, tired of Goliath's threats, put his life on the line and defeated him. Elijah couldn't tolerate idolatry so he took on the prophets of Baal, and won! If you're tired of the status quo, God may be calling you to change it. If so, He has promised, "Do not...be dismayed...I will help you." Henrietta Mears taught at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood and influenced leaders like Billy Graham, Bill Bright, and former Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson. Disappointed by the lack of good educational material, she started her own publishing house-in her garage! Later it became Gospel Light Publications, one of the most effective in the world. When she couldn't find a good single-volume introduction to the Bible, she wrote one. To this day it remains a best seller. Motivated by the lack of good retreat facilities for Christians living in crowded Los Angeles, she found the perfect spot in the San Gabriel Mountains. After praying in faith and negotiating, she got her retreat. It's now Forest Home, a top-notch conference center. Always, at the point of her greatest frustration, Henrietta would take a step of faith-and find a bridge was always there. In fact, on her deathbed, when somebody asked, "If you could do it all again, what would you do differently?" She replied, "I'd trust Christ even more!"
Published on Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 6:53 AM CDT