April 6, 2018

Proverbs 24:10 (NLT) — 10 If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.

I am glad that motorcycle tires are tested and rated before they are sold because there are many adverse road and weather conditions that one can encounter during an extended motorcycle trip. Tires are tested to see what is the maximum speed they will hold up under, the maximum weight that they can endure, How good are they in wet conditions, and how stable they are on gravel. Can they endure hitting a pot hole at 70 mph? About how many miles are they good for before they have to be replaced. I always buy the best and highest rated tires available because my life depends on their dependability:) I do not want them to fail under pressure.

Our Lord does not want us to fail under pressure either so he allows certain tests to come into our lives. The test of strength is adversity. How do you handle life when it seems like it is against you? The lives of other people may be affected by how you handle life’s pressures. Others in a sense may be riding on the ‘tires’ of your faith. You may have a family who looks to you and your faith in God to help carry them through life. Your trust in the Lord may determine the faith of your children when they get older.

I remember one day years ago when I went with Jeremy on his paper route. I suppose he was in 5th or 6th grade. As we were walking along he looks up at me and says, “Dad I hope I can always praise the Lord like you do.” In a sense his life was riding on the ‘tires’ of my faith.

You may have neighbors or co-workers who know you are a Christian and so they watch to see how you handle tough times. Their life in a sense may be riding on the ‘tires’ your faith. Your failure to cave under pressure may be what draws them to Jesus.

So what rating would you give your faith ‘tires’? When it rains trouble do you they slide out from under you or stay upright? What your life hits a pot hole do they crack and go flat or stay stable and firm? When things come at you fast and furious do they keep up without burning out? The ‘tires’ of your faith are going to get tested because your life and perhaps the many lives of others are riding on those ‘tires’ of faith.

1 Thessalonians 3:1–8 (NLT) — 1 Finally, when we could stand it no longer, we decided to stay alone in Athens, 2 and we sent Timothy to visit you. He is our brother and God’s co-worker in proclaiming the Good News of Christ. We sent him to strengthen you, to encourage you in your faith, 3 and to keep you from being shaken by the troubles you were going through. But you know that we are destined for such troubles. 4 Even while we were with you, we warned you that troubles would soon come—and they did, as you well know. 5 That is why, when I could bear it no longer, I sent Timothy to find out whether your faith was still strong. I was afraid that the tempter had gotten the best of you and that our work had been useless. 6 But now Timothy has just returned, bringing us good news about your faith and love. He reports that you always remember our visit with joy and that you want to see us as much as we want to see you. 7 So we have been greatly encouraged in the midst of our troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. 8 It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.

May the ‘tires’ of your faith keep on rolling and not fail under pressure.

Isaiah 40:28–31 (NLT) — 28 Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    In the passage in 1Thes 3:1-8 it says that Paul sent Timothy to the church to “strengthen and encourage “ them in their faith. At the end of the passage Paul says that “we have been encouraged” and given “new life” by the the faith of the church. Paul sent his beloved Timothy in order that the church could be strengthened but by doing that he, himself, became strengthened. Sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the work of the kingdom but God always returns a blessing to us when we do. Paul wasn’t expecting to hear the news that Timothy returned with to him and with that news he was given “new life”. I am often like Paul in that I don’t expect to hear “good news” about the prayers I have prayed or the good works I have done. When I do hear that God has answered my prayers I am encouraged and filled with new life.