Pastor's Corner – July 18th, 2023
A man rushed into his house and told his wife that they had a major problem.
Calmly she asked, “What is it?”
There is water in the carburetor of the car,” he replied. “Water is in the carburetor?” She paused to think about that statement because she knew her husband always took their car to the shop if it needed repair. “Honey,” she said, softly, “I didn’t know you knew what a carburetor is. How are you sure there is water in it?”
A look of helplessness drifted over her husband’s face. “Because the car is in the swimming pool,” he said. “So, I guess there’s water in the carburetor.”
This man’s situation made him feel hopeless. After all, car ownership doesn’t sink much lower than when the vehicle is at the bottom of a pool. Maybe you’ve never experienced something as drastic as what I have just described, but I would imagine that you have experienced your own time of hopelessness. A time when you felt like giving up – maybe on a situation, a job, a relationship…or even on yourself.
If you have been there, or if you are there right now, I point you to the message of Easter: no matter how hopeless things may appear (nothing can be more hopeless than the Son of God dying on a cross!), God can give back what you lost. When you hope in Him, He can turn things around. Remember. “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5).
If you are struggling with a situation that seems hopeless, know that you are not alone. Christ, our Savior, is right by our side. As you pray to him, open your heart to his Word. Nothing you face is beyond his ability to heal and restore. Therefore, never give up.
Sometimes our breakthroughs are delayed because God is waiting to see if we will turn to him or if we will keep trying to fix things ourselves – to somehow drive our cars right back out of the pool. But when we put our hope in God, he will move in our lives in mighty ways. So, trust him. The same God that raised Jesus from the dead, can raise you above your circumstances as well.