There’s something about the Duchess of Cambridge that has enthralled the masses. She’s beautiful, poised, and has an admirable sense of style. She’s great with children and foreign dignitaries. She carries the title she’s been given with grace and dignity.
A big part of our fascination with the woman formerly known as Kate Middleton is her ascent from “commoner” to holding a position in the royal family. Her story is a real life fairy tale, and I believe there’s a much deeper reason why her life speaks so strongly to our hearts.
Most concepts in the book of Revelation have more than one tier of meaning. For example, the woman who appears in Revelation chapter 12 is both a picture of Israel, a picture of Mary and what she endured giving birth to Jesus, and a picture of the church. That’s three meanings. The image of Mary and her journey is a bit more literal — she gave birth to Jesus and was kept safe in the desert (Egypt). The other two meanings are more abstract, and in order to understand them we need to be able to look at history as a whole, understanding a broad series of events through the prophetic imagery that God is giving us.
This past year was the most difficult one of my life.
As holds true in any trial that we face, I have learned so much and seen so much of God’s faithfulness to me, but it has come in the midst of great pain.
I wish I could share what happened to me, but the truth is, I am not ready. But I will say that in the storm, I learned how much God really loves me, and I learned how much human beings – even the ones who follow Jesus – can let us down.
Since I was young, I’ve always loved to tell stories. I love the way that a good story is woven together, with all of the plot twists and turns that, in the end, fit together perfectly.
Storytelling might seem like entertainment, but there is a lot of power in a good story. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the Bible! This book is packed with powerful stories of individuals to whom God was faithful—all woven into a greater story of God’s redemptive plan for the world.
Many of us believe that our walk with God should be exciting and thrilling. Don’t get me wrong, it can definitely be both of those things. God is amazing, endless, and beautiful, so it’s no wonder that our journey of discovering who He is can be so exhilariting. The problem comes when we attempt to sustain a level of high emotion at all times. We almost always find ourselves disappointed, wondering why we don’t always feel excited about God.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This is what the ancients were commended for.”
We always talk about people who have “strong faith”. The ones who were able to receive an impossible promise from God and believe him for it. The ones who trusted God in the midst of awful circumstances and were brought through to the other side. The ones who remained firm in their faith, even through torture or death.
I’ve heard it said that our earthly father shapes our view of God. This couldn’t be more true, at least from what I’ve observed. We seem to base our expectations of who God is and what he will do for us based on who our father was and what he did for us.
If your father let you down, you are probably expecting God to let you down.
If your father was generous, full of laughter, and always kept his word, then it won’t be as difficult for you to believe that our Father God is all of these things.
What do we do when faced with the reality that we might lose the one thing we desire the most? How we choose to view God at these pivotal “about to lose everything” moments has the power to change the course of history.
Abraham had waited over 20 years for his promise from God to come to pass: Your wife Sarah will give birth to a son in old age, and your offspring will form a mighty nation that God will ultimately use to save the entire earth.
An Open Letter To The Church: The Way We Talk About Politics, The Election, and Each Other HAS to Stop
Note: This was something I wrote before the last election, and I’ve decided it deserved a re-posting. You will notice that in other posts, I have since expounded upon views that I merely alluded to here.
I’m probably not the only one whose Facebook feed has been flooded with politic commentary. In the past, I’ve avoided speaking up on such things, and I’m still avoiding making any sort of public statement about my voting decision. But I can’t ignore the way I’ve seen believers talking about this election.