You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” – Lamentations 3:57
It was 1886 and a man and his assistant were standing over a large brass kettle, stirring it with an oar. They were working on what they thought was going to be an elixir for people who were tired, nervous, or had a toothache. The assistant mixed this elixir with ice water, poured it into a couple of glasses and they both took a sip. It tasted so good they wanted more and decided to make another batch. The assistant accidentally used carbonated water to mix the second batch. The man’s name was John Pemberton and his elixir was not medicine but a fizzy beverage. They ended up calling it Coca-Cola.
Which one of us wouldn’t like God to turn around a situation in our lives. A situation that is not going well for us. If only God could help us turn it around and make something of it that would glorify God.
Many Christians are living with the affects of bad decisions of the past. Some of those decisions may have been made years and years ago and some may have been made recently.
How many are living depressed because they decided something incorrectly at some point and still regret it yet today.
Some entered into wrong relationships, they made a bad decision, and still today are unable to trust anyone with their emotions. You knew you should have never gotten into that relationship in the first place but you did and now you are paying for it.
Others may have had two jobs offers but they decided that the one that paid more was better but they knew that they should have taken the other one and today they still can’t forgive themselves for it.
Others invested in the wrong places. Enron, shady land deals, buildings that were not what they appeared to be and now you just don’t know what to do.
Others may have served in the armed forces, fought in a war and did things no human being should do to another person. And the nightmares still haunt them.
How many knew they should have been on their knees praying for a situation but instead they thought their strength was good enough and did it their way and now suffer because of that.
Unfortunately, some of you are living in a situation because you have put yourself in it.
Right where you are, in the middle of your situation, you need to talk to God. Tell Him what is going on in your life.
Talk to Him and tell Him what other people have done to you. Tell Him what you have done to yourself. Open up to God tell Him the situation you are in because this situation that man has put you in is the very same situation that God is going to use to lift you up and bring Glory to His name. Just as He has explained to us in Lamentations:
I called on your name, Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.” You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”