Have you ever experienced what seems like inexplicable pain and suffering? Sadly, we see it all the time. Job’s story in the Bible is one that is filled with epic suffering. When we meet Job, he seems to have it all. (Job 1:1-3). By all accounts, Job was on top of the world! He was a well-liked, genuinely good, God-fearing man, with a beautiful, large family, and a thriving business. All seemed to be right in his world,… until it wasn’t. Maybe you are in a very dark seas
Is there anything in your life that grieves you or breaks your heart? Have you ever considered that God can use your grief for good and for His glory? He absolutely can! Many ministries have been born out of a burden. In fact, God can use your pain to create a passionate calling in your life! That is exactly what God did with Nehemiah in the Bible. For nearly 150 years, the protective wall that surrounded the city of Jerusalem had laid in ruins following the Babylonian’s
Have you ever wondered if life is just a series of random events or if God really is at work in in your life? When you look at Esther’s remarkable story in the Bible, it is clear that God is very much at work in our lives! Esther was a Jewish maiden who became queen of the massive Persian empire in about 483 BC, marrying King Xerxes and later saving her people from annihilation. King Xerxes had decided to choose a new queen after he and Queen Vashti had a big disagreement.
Have you ever found yourself up against a proverbial wall, nowhere to turn, unsure what to do next? Have you ever been outnumbered and overwhelmed? How about really down and depressed? We’ve all been there in life; you may even be there today. Elijah, a faith hero we’re learning about this week, could have answered “yes” to all of those questions at various points in his life. We can learn some vital life lessons from his experience, not the least of which is how we can
Where do people tend to search for meaning, significance and happiness in life? We tend to look for happiness in pleasure, people, power, prestige or possessions. The tragic truth is that many people spend their life pursuing meaning and happiness in wrong ways; and sadly, they spend most of their life in despair and even misery. This was the challenge that Solomon experienced in his life. Solomon was a man who truly had it all. According to the Bible, he had more wealth than