Does getting frustrated help anything? Does getting angry help anything? What is the right response?
We can’t control what others may say or do but we can control how we respond. So how will you respond?
Is there any way for us to be able to respond to the barrage of things that come our way? Is your tank filled up to be able to absorb it and respond appropriately?
Do you realize there is one thing that is required for us to be able to respond appropriately? God!
With man it can be impossible but with God all things are possible!
So will you try to be smart enough? Will you try to be strong enough? Will you try to be flexible enough? Will you try to be prepared for trauma? Will you try to be prepared for adversary? Will you try to be prepared for tragedy? Will you try to regulate yourself when you see you are being triggered? Will you try to consider if there are things that need to be removed that are draining you?
Is it possible? With God all things are possible!
If you can’t withstand this with the strength of God and your faith then who can?
If you can’t respond appropriately or properly to such challenges in your own strength then why not invite God into the situation and allow Him through His Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, provide you peace in the midst of the storm, lead and direct your words, your responses, and your thoughts?
Day 84: 2020 Hindsight
— The 49-Week Challenge —
— Day 84 —
With February in the rear view mirror, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!
Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:
(I have chosen to use NIV translation, but feel free to choose whichever version you feel more comfortable with)
26The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”— Mark 10:26-27
27Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
- Ever been amazed at how someone responds to a situation?
- Ever considered what it must have taken for them to not exploded?
- Ever considered what enabled them to respond in such a productive way?
- Ever considered what it is that keeps them stable?
- What is there foundation?
- What is there motivation?
- What allows them to live in such faith?
And they were astonished out of measure
They were still more amazed, their surprise increased exceedingly upon our Lord’s using the above comparison; which, in their apprehension, showed, that it was utterly impossible for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God; and they expressed their astonishment,
saying, among themselves, who then can be saved?
in the Messiah’s kingdom, if rich men are not? (See Gill on Matthew 19:25). The Persic version renders it, “how can this man be saved?” as if the words had a particular respect to the young man, that had great possessions, and was gone away sorrowful.
And Jesus, looking upon them
And by their countenances saw the surprise and anxiety of mind they were in, as well as by his omniscience, knew their private reasonings among themselves:
saith, with men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all—John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible – Mark 10:26-27
things are possible;
even to reduce a camel to so small a size, as to go through the eye of a needle; and to work upon a rich man’s heart, so as to take him off of his trust and confidence in his worldly riches, and bring him to a compliance with his will, and into his kingdom; and also to protect, and save his poor and mean followers, notwithstanding all the difficulties, dangers, and oppositions they meet with; (See Gill on Matthew 19:26).
Then who (και τις — kai tis). Matthew 19:25 has Τις ουν — Tis oun Evidently και — kai has here an inferential sense like ουν — oun f0).
Looking on them (εμβλεπσας αυτοις — emblepsas autois). So in Matthew 19:26. Their amazement increased (Mark 10:26).But not with God (αλλ ου παρα τεωι — all’ ou para theōi). Locative case with παρα — para (beside). The impossible by the side of men (παρα αντρωποις — para anthrōpois) becomes possible by the side of God. That is the whole point and brushes to one side all petty theories of a gate called needle‘s eye, etc.— Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament Mark 10:26-27
As day 84 of 2020 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Did you pray with me? Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision? Or if you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment on my blog, why not email or text me instead?