Although often tempted, I can honestly say that I never design a sermon with any particular person in mind. I realize that some folks often think that’s what preachers do, but such is seldom the case. Even so, when I prepare an article for Morning Manna I don’t aim it toward any particular person. But today I’m going to make an exception. This is directed to just one person for whom I have a heavy burden on my heart.
Sometimes as much as we desire to help—to say just the right thing in the right way, maybe with a new twist on an old truth, or a poem, or just anything to brighten someone’s day, there are no words sufficient for the occasion. You are even out of my reach and I can’t embrace you and whisper.”It will be alright”. I am at my wits end and helpless to help. I have neither the wisdom nor the strength to change your situation, banish your fears, and bring peace to your heart.
As I watch from afar, all I can do is say, “I love you and I’m praying for you”. However, on second thought, at this point maybe that’s all you need to get through this day. God answers prayer and love never fails, so I have good reason to believe that you will conquer the thing that troubles you so. I also suspect that you are not the only one going through a tough time, so to all my friends I want to say, “I love you and I’m praying for you”…even if you feel it isn’t so.
All of us sometimes feel like Jacob when he said,”all these things are against me”. It’s then that we need to remember that God is with us and for us. Just like with Jacob, He will use the bad for some glorious good. When others can’t or won’t help, God is perfectly capable in taking care of His own. He is “a very present help in trouble”.(Psalm 46:1)