Humor and Hope


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A friend sent me the following bullets from Alistair Begg’s broadcast. As I have dealt with the death of my former college roommate, I remember her humor as well as her hope-filled heart.

 

Although her original plans aimed her in the direction of Africa as a missionary, God had detours for her to serve and honor Him in a totally different way.

 

By the godly ways Rosie faced pain, chemo, and years of various treatments, she represented Jesus in mission work everyday. Although she didn’t end up in Africa, Begg’s comments remind me of the Lord’s view of all His children.

  • You are as much purchased with blood as he is.
  • You are just as much an adopted child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is the full-grown man. You are as completely You  ustified, for your justification is not a matter of degree: Your little faith has made you clean every bit.
  • You have as much right to the precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers, for your right to covenant mercies does not lie in your growth but in the covenant itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure but the token of your inheritance in Him.
  • You are as rich as the richest-if not in enjoyment, yet in real possession. The smallest star that gleams is set in heaven; the faintest ray of light has affinity with the sun. In the family register of heaven, the small and the great are written with the same pen.

You are as dear to your Father’s heart as the greatest in the family. Jesus is very tender toward you.

Whatever role you fill in the kingdom, whether a world-renowned one  such as Alistair Begg, R. C Sproul or Billy Graham, you stand as an heir, filled with the a heart of flesh, not stone; one empowered by the Holy Spirit to help you face real life situations. You also know — not just feel — the hope of everlasting life. I John 5:13 records, “I write these things that you who believe in the name of the Son of God may KNOW that you have eternal life.”

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 “For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.” 1 Samuel 12:22 (NIV) The confidence of this verse and Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones,” speak to Rosie’s life.

How does any person face suffering in this life? Look around and you can see sarcasm, self-pity, victimization, and a host of negative responses. Read any social media right now, and you see frustration on some sides and jubilation from others — based on Obama Care.

Might I suggest that Scripture offers the best way to deal with suffering in this life? And, after all, Christ told us that in this world we WOULD have trials. (John 16:33).

Allow the Lord to make you His own by confessing your sins and calling on the name of Christ. Then choose to follow the advice of Proverbs and let a joyful heart triumph, even in the midst of troubles of every kind.

Rosie’s life will stand a testimony to those truths, and for that, I am thankful God put her in my life!

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