Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"A Rose Garden"

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world".  John 16:33

Years ago there was a popular country song whose words were:  "I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden.  Along with the sunshine, there's got to be a little rain sometimes".  In our relationship with Jesus, He never promised us a "rose garden" type of life.  As we said yesterday, when we come into a relationship with Him, along with that relationship comes tribulation, persecution, self-denial, affliction and suffering.  But if that was all we had to look for, the "worse", it would be a relationship that no one would want to enter into.  

He told us to "count the cost" before entering into it, and in His love for us He let us know just what that cost would be.  He doesn't, won't, never has and never will deceive us by promising us something that it not true.  He warned us of the cost but He didn't leave it there.  While He might not have promised us a "problem free" life, let me tell you what He did promise us.

He promised to never leave us nor forsake us.  He promised to be with us always.  He promised to meet and supply all our need.  He promised to give us strength in weakness; peace in confusion; power to overcome temptation; grace that was sufficient; hope in hopeless situations; freedom; His Word to light our path; His Spirit to guide and comfort us; beauty for ashes; the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; faith to remove mountains; healing and deliverance; power over all the powers of the enemy; wisdom to do what is right; enlightened understanding to know what to do; weapons to destroy the enemy; and His unconditional love to sustain us.  No, He didn't promise us that there would be no problems, but He did promise to be with us through each one.  

Have a great day.  Jesus didn't promise us a rose garden.  (We forget that roses have thorns.)  But He did promise that the sweet fragrance of the relationship would out weigh the pain of the thorns. 

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