May 5 Inspiration

From the Desk of Jackie Ross, Financial Assistant

I recently watched the movie, “The Shack”, for the third time since it was released.  I highly recommend it if you are struggling with judging others, forgiving others (or yourself), or a question most everyone struggles with “Why does God allow suffering”?

I finally got one point of the movie that had escaped me the previous two times that I watched it.  You can’t have free will without allowing people the right to choose to do wrong.  When their wrong affects me, I can suffer greatly.  Yet I love free will.  I just never thought of it as causing me pain! Or inflicting pain on others because of it.

But I love a God who allows me free will. The opportunity to learn from my mistakes. A God who loves me in spite of my mistakes! And when others choose to do wrong and hurt me, I have a God who helps me to forgive them and sets me “free”.  And even sometimes more importantly, to forgive myself when I am the vessel that inflicted pain on someone else.  Sometimes I am my own worst enemy.

I love a God who knows how happy I am when I don’t have to be judge and jury, and I can just love people.  I love Jesus who intercedes for me.  Who understands what tempts me?  Who paid the price for ALL my sin, past, present, and future when he hung on that cross and said, “It is finished”!  I love the Holy Spirit who comforts me and allows me to commune with God.  I loved focusing on Him once again today and forgetting the events of the past six weeks.  It’s the peace that passes understanding!  Philippians 4:7

I’ve also found great comfort in Kari Jobe’s song “Savior’s Here” these past few weeks.  He is a Savior we can RUN to for help in these trying times.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ~Romans 15:13