The Silver Lining

John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

You do not have to look very far to find something that is troubling. Corrupt governments, violence in the schools, embezzlement in business, immorality, abuse, occultic practices and secret societies and things we cannot even mention. If you are not careful, your heart can easily get overwhelmed.

The ills of our society today stem from a single problem – sin. Until we get a proper perspective of this thing called sin, we will continually be treating the fruit and not the root of the problem. But when dealing with the condition of my own spirit, I must know just how to minister to it properly or I could be caught in the snare of depression, negativity and criticism.

As a child of God, I am to have a different perspective. This world; this earthly dwelling place is NOT my home. Jesus said my home is above, not here below. He tells me to lay up treasures:

Matthew 6:20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”

I can look to worldly possessions, yet they cannot satisfy like Christ can.

Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

Colossians 3:2 “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

So often, we get caught up in the events of the day, that we truly forget the One overseeing it all.

We may feel singled out, alone in our struggle. But as a child of God, you are never alone.

Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Our Father calls this life a ‘light affliction’:

2 Corinthians 4:16-17 “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”

Paul the apostle knew that there was a certain time and place that would take him from this world into the presence of his blessed Savior.

2 Corinthians 5:8 “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

The need of God’s children is not this wringing of the hands, ‘Oh, poor me’ type of christianity. It must be bold in the face of danger. Resilient to take any blow. Steadfast; holding to the hand of God and in the other His Word.

Though the storm clouds have gathered (literally today!), and the rain falls steadily on your life, know that God sees even the sparrow that has fallen – and you are of so much more value than a sparrow!

Luke 12:7 “But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.”

So, when things look their darkest, even the dark is as light to God.

Psalm 139:12 “Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.”

Know that you are thought of so very fondly by your Heavenly Father:

Psalm 139:17-18 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

When the world seems at its worst – look up:

Luke 21:28 “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

…for there is a silver lining in those storm clouds!

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