God is still on the throne

Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the way we think things should be. We get upset, hurt and overwhelmed in the situations that life throw at us. People ask us how we are doing and we can barely muster up that fake “I’m ok”. One thing we need to always realize is that no matter how hopeless our situation is, God is still on the throne, he is in control and no matter what he will always be here for us.

Matthew 11:28-30

28″Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

We need not be afraid of what this world may throw our way because we will always have Jesus to take the burdens (school, work, relationships, etc.) that weigh us down away. In James 5:15 – 17 it says “15, Is any one of you in trouble? he should pray.” This segment of verse 15 makes me think people were trying to get out of trouble with their own strength, I know I do. It also says we need to pray. Prayer is one of the most powerful tools we have as Christians, it is also a way of humbling ourselves before God and saying “I need you to do this, I can’t handle it.” James 5:16 states “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” It goes on in 17 and says “Elijah was a man just like us. he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” What an awesome display of the power our prayers can have, if in accordance with God’s will.

The Bible is packed with people just like you and me that have struggles and hardships that they cannot handle on their own. Take just about any of the Psalms, these were written while armies of Saul were hunting down David to kill him, most start off in total desperation, fearing for his life but end in praise of God for the deliverance he has received.

When you feel that you cannot handle what the world is throwing at you, call on God, he can and will.

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Bryce Cooley
I've been doing some form of ministry since 2000. For 13 years I was involved in the youth ministry at Cordova Neighborhood Church as everything from youth intern to youth pastor. God has led me and my lovely wife Bethany to Church of the Foothills where I currently reside as the Digital Publishing Coordinator. I'm excited to see where God leads my wife and I.