Despite The Pain

A few Sundays ago I was in Church and during the bible reading, we read a scripture that I have heard preachers refer to and I think I must have used times too. That day, we read that scripture in context and my eyes pooped open so wide.

Note: I beg you by the mercies of God, never read a verse of the bible in isolation again. Always understand context.

I’m not saying a single verse or even half of a verse can’t speak to you, that happens to me all the time, but please read in context.

The reading that day was from Isaiah 30: 15-23. Read it when you have some time.

Verses 20-21 struck me. Hard. Read with me:

‘And though the Lord gives you
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction,
Yet your teachers will not be moved into a corner anymore,
But your eyes shall see your teachers.
21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.

I think it struck me that hard because I am very familiar with verse 21 but no one ever told me about the preceding verse.

Listen, Contrary to popular opinion and what your emotions may be telling you, The presence of pain, affliction or suffering is not the absence of God.

God works in spite,despite and through your pain and painful seasons.

The scripture above says that during these seasons, He sends us teachers- visible ones. He speaks to give us direction, despite the pain!

I don’t know about you but this is a realization that has and will continue to change my life.

No more feeling abandoned by God or clueless when pain, affliction and suffering hits.

We know they will come.

What a relief to know by scripture,clearly,and not by sermonizing that God dis not only present in those seasons, but that He sends teachers and He speaks direction.

I just have to listen.

So when pain strikes, I need to remember to ask ‘What’s my lesson? What do YOU want me to learn and where do I turn?

I’m now doubly sure that He’s with me and He answers.

Who’s with me?


Who Are You Following?

In these days of social media, a lot of us desire a ‘following’. More importantly a lot of us are quick to join to follow those who have ‘a following’.

Have you ever taken a look at the list of those you’re following on all your social media platforms and asked yourself why you are following each and every one of these people?

Anyway, I was seating in church on Sunday quietly listening to an unrelated bible reading when the following scripture started to run amok in my mind.

‘Follow me and I will make you fishers of men’-Matthew 4:19

Can you see when my mind started hitting the repeat button yet?

Let me show you: ‘Follow me, and I will make you….

Who you follow makes you!

The persons you follow will one way or another make you into a version or another of themselves. You will begin to buy into their ideologies and their thought patterns, you will begin to speak and think like them.

It will be unconscious, but it will happen.

I don’t know about you, but I can point to times in my life when it’s happened. I have this friend, we’ve been friends for decades.

In recent times, I introduced her to a new friend who needed services she could provide and they worked together without me being there.

My new friend came back with this report. ‘You guys sound alike,gesticulate alike and even think alike. Working with her was like working with you. I thought you said you guys were just friends.

I smiled and said, yes,we’re just friends. We’ve just been around each other for a long time.

Don’t get me wrong, we’re two very separate individuals with separate lives and separate preferences, But we’ve rubbed off each other so much,we can’t even say who taught who what anymore.

I saw that happen with my parents too.

If you look over your life,I’m sure you can find a similar example.

Who are you following today? What are they making you into?

Don’t forget ‘He who walks with the wise is wise,but the companion of fools is easily destroyed-Proverbs 13:20

I choose to follow Christ today and let Him make me into a replica of Himself, no matter who else comes across and alongside me on the journey.

Who’s with me?