I have a lot of friends – myself included – who are struggling with difficulties of every sort. One has a very ill child, another has an unbelieving husband, still another whose husband is unemployed. No matter what the problem, Jesus is the answer.
When I read this devotional by Hannah Whitall Smith, I couldn’t help but wonder how the Lord would use the difficulties in my life and the lives of those I love.
Even to your old age, I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you; I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.–ISAIAH 46:4
The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels; the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.–PSALMS 68:17
I have not a shadow of doubt that if all our eyes could be opened today, we should see our homes, and our places of business, and the streets we traverse, filled with the “chariots of God.” There is no need for any one of us to walk for lack of chariots. That cross inmate of your household, who has hitherto made life a burden to you, and who has been the Juggernaut car to crush your soul into the dust, may henceforth be a glorious chariot to carry you to the heights of heavenly patience and long-suffering. That misunderstanding, that mortification, that unkindness, that disappointment, that loss, that defeat,–all these are chariots waiting to carry you to the very heights of victory you have so longed to reach. Mount into them, then, with thankful hearts, and lose sight of all second causes in the shining of His love who will carry you in His arms safely and triumphantly over it all.
— Hannah Whitall Smith
This may sound simplistic, but I realized this morning that the Lord’s plan for me is to make me more like Jesus and then take me home to live with Him forever. The questions is this; am I willing to go through whatever it takes to make me more like Jesus? Are you?
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