Getting Through The Rough Patch
Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.” My friend gave me a call the other day asking for some counsel. He had a bit of a rough patch with his company, and I think that led to a bit of a rough patch with God. He didn’t go into detail, but I sensed there was a bit of anger, disappointment and hopelessness, which is natural. Thankfully by the time we spoke he had gotten into a better place. We talked about his situation, and at the end of the call, he asked me “Hey John. How can you be so positive when your dad has cancer?” So I replied “Well what you believe is a choice. And there’s a lot of research out there that shows if you believe good things and think good thoughts, then good things happen to you. It’s why top athletes visualize themselves winning competitions. So if I can choose to believe in a loving and all-powerful God, who always has the best for me, why wouldn’t I?” Even if you wanted to engineer from scratch a system of thought that helped get positive outcomes, I don’t think you could come up with anything that beats what I objectively believe to be the truth. Jesus came, healed the sick, cast out demons, fed 5000, raised the dead, then told us that we’d do even greater things than these. Meditating on that sure beats some visualization exercise. God always challenges us to have more faith, not less, because he wants the best for us and coming into line with what is true helps drive better outcomes in our lives. Lord, I love you and I praise you. Thanks for being such an awesome God. Thanks for inviting me into a greater faith today. I come into alignment with the truth. Nothing is impossible with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.