Pastor Jeffrey Mack
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Throughout life, all of us at one time or another, have experienced some difficult or hard times. We’ve had times where our finances was so messed up, we wanted to cry, throw in the towel or just run away from it all. Do you remember when you were raising your kids the best you could, only to have them grow up and totally disrespect you or not even appreciate the things or sacrifices you have made over the years for them?
In Psalm 13:3-4, David cries out to God. He says “Look on me and answer, O Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. David questions God about “how long” in verses 1-2, now in verses 3-4 he asks the Lord to “look on me and answer,” and “give light to my eyes.” David wants God to turn and look “on him” not “at him.” So many of us need the Lord to look on us! Instead of at us! Because we need a complete assessment of our whole life and not just a particular area!
Almost everything that we do in life has a reason or purpose behind it. When we are kind and polite to others, we expect the same in return. Some of us were brought up to “do unto others as you would have them to do unto you.” People will do things with negative reasons or motives, only to see how you will react or respond (negatively or positively). Their goal is to hurt you, not to help you.
John 14 can serve as daily comfort
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions: If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; and where I am, there you will be also.” John 14:1-3