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Finding strength on bad days
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I had a really bad day earlier this month. I won’t go into any details, but it involved two broken pieces of machinery (one of them brand new and the other borrowed from my dad) as well as tearing down a section of chain link fence.
It was not a pretty sight. I kept expecting any moment the mechanical police to show up and say, “Please step away from the chain saw, lawn mower, garden tiller, and any other piece of equipment.”
Looking back a couple of weeks later it really is funny. But I wasn’t laughing that day. It was all I could do not to sit down and cry.
Have you had that kind of day?
You know the one – the day when absolutely nothing goes your way.
It seems as if everyone and everything is opposed to you. You even begin to wonder if God cares. You wonder if He is really there.
One of my favorite Scriptures is 2 Timothy 2:13. Paul has been quoting what he calls a “trustworthy saying,” and he concludes it with this line, “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” What a marvelous truth about God!
Do you understand what Paul is saying there?
He is telling us that even when we are falling down, even when we are doing the wrong thing, even when we simply cannot get it together, that God is there, that He cares, and that He will help us.
Mind you, this should not be used as an excuse to do anything we wish. But it is a tremendous reminder about the faithfulness and goodness of God.
God has worked this way in so many people’s lives.
When you think of Adam, Abraham, Moses and David in the Old Testament, as well as Peter in the New Testament, along with countless others, you see the truth of this. Each of these men had major flaws in their lives. Still God did great things with them.
And God still does the same today.
He takes men and women who are flawed and accomplishes great things in our lives.
How good it is to know that God is faithful, even when we are not. He is to be worshiped and served!

Butler wrote this on behalf of the North Bryan Ministerial Association.

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