Published October 21, 2014

Shelia Shares....
"Everybody's Going Through Something"

There is a current song Karen Peck & New River have made popular entitled "Everybody's Going Through Something."*  How true.

I have a pastor friend in Texas fighting colon cancer. This past week, he had a heart attack. How do you handle something like that?

His message to his Facebook friends read, "Thank you to all who stood in the gap for me in prayer!! The great news is the cancer is contained in the colon only. The heart attack was from a clot that cleared with blood thinners. God gets all the glory!"

I recently heard about a concert promoter. He was doing a great work, had large crowds at his concerts and people were being blessed and encouraged and saved through those concerts. Then, he disappeared from sight. All concerts were abruptly canceled. What happened? He ran off with a woman who was not his wife.

When I told Paul about this, his immediate comment was, "What was he thinking?" And my response was, "He wasn't thinking." How sad to lose a lifetime of service for God as he ran towards sin.

This same weekend a listener to The Gospel Greats program, who is also a friend, wrote me a message. Here is part of it:

"As always, thank you for your kind words (on Facebook posts). I have not posted this. After 34 years on the job, I left my job at the end of 1999 and went on disability. Many years I didn't manage my money properly, but I raised my children and bought my home and vehicles. Now, I lost my insurance for my meds. I would ask that you would pray for my insurance situation. I can appeal again, but I can't afford wait any longer. I know God understands when it seems like there is no end in sight."

Do you see the difference in these situations? The difference is based on whether we go to God for His help or run away from God, trusting instead in ourselves, preferring sinful pleasures.

Two Scriptures comes to mind:

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him" (James 1:5).
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).

Everybody's going through something. I'd rather go through something with Jesus. What about you?

- Shelia

* "Everybody's Going Through Something" written by Don Poythress, Karen Peck, Kenna West.

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