“And we guarantee it will work!” The only words less believable are, “We are going to lower your taxes!”
Most of us have experienced the frustration of spending good money on a product, only to have it fall short of it’s promised performance?
A wise man once said, “You get what you pay for.” Two years ago I bought a cheap garden hose to use in my back yard. This hose was a pain. When I rolled it up, it developed so many kinks that it folded more than it rolled.
The kinks made the simple job of watering flowers much more difficult than it needed to be. It took longer to get the water flowing through the hose than it took to water the flowers.
The next year I spent the extra money for a hose that was “guaranteed” not to kink. You guessed it, the hose kinked because… of course it did!
I was convinced that the kinkless hose had worked fine for everyone in the world but me!
It works for everyone but me! Have you ever felt that way about your relationship with God?
- We believe that prayer only works for select few. Most of us know “that person” who when they ask God for a blessing, God replies, “Here take two!”
- Or we believe that the good parts of the Bible only apply to highly favored individuals.
- Have you ever felt that God loves everyone but you? I say that jokingly (but not really).
Deep down we know these things are not true, but sometimes when our lives are filled with kinks, we feel that way!
Three things to remember when your life gets kinked up:
1. God Allows Kinks
Someone once wrote that, “There is nothing in life that touches us, until it has first passed through the hands of God.”
It’s kind of tough to accept, but it’s true, in Christ we can trust that the kinks that are there, are for our good.
If it were not for the kinks in life, would there be a time that we turn to Him alone for guidance, protection or provision?
Without the kinks God allows, our faith would cease to grow!
If we were transparent for a moment, how many times in the last week have your thoughts turned to God without some type of kink being involved?
2. God Uses Kinks
Sometimes God uses the kinks to move His people.
The persecution of the first church in Jerusalem would surely been viewed as a kink. But God used that kink to start a worldwide missions’ movement.
Ultimately, a kink is how we had the opportunity to hear the Gospel!
Many times what we see as trials (kinks), God is using as opportunities to move His plan forward.
3. God Limits The Kinks
God has promised not to let the kinks grow beyond what we can bear (I Corinthians 10:13).
He has also promised that when the floods of life threaten to overwhelm us, that He will be there to walk with us through the floods (Isaiah 43:2).
The kinks we are facing are temporal, they will not last forever. One day we will see and understand their benefit – the hard part of this sentence is – one day.
If God has allowed the kinks, can we trust that He is using them for His good and ours?
In I John 1:5 we read that in God there is “no darkness at all.” This means that as His children we have nothing to fear from God. How different would things be if instead of doubting God because of the kinks, we worked at praising Him for the work He is doing through them?
Could we grow in our faith by seeing the kinks as evidence of His love for us as He brings us to trust Him more and more?
We can begin by praising Him for caring enough about us to allow a kink in our life!
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