What Or Who Are You Counting On?


Pastor Paul Witkop

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By Paul Witkop –

We live in a difficult time, when people are looking for hope – something to breathe life into our spirits. The financial and housing markets go up and down. We look to the government for hope – and it’s not there. We live in the most educated and the most economically and technologically advanced culture ever, yet there are so many people seemingly holding on by a thread. I spoke with a man whose wife had just left him to file for divorce and to go live with another man. He told me that he was holding onto life with a “white knuckle” grip. Another person confessed hopelessness because his company was going out of business. Still another mom and dad are struggling with a son who is taking drugs. A recent high school graduate is discouraged because she is having a difficult time finding a job and direction.

None of us choose challenging times, but they happen to all of us. But challenging times have a way of making us stand back and truthfully ask the question “What/Who am I counting on?” Is the foundation of my life so solid that in circumstances beyond my control, I can still navigate life?

Easter is the celebration that there is someone we can count on, someone who is the rock solid foundation on whom we can build our lives. History records that Jesus Christ was born, lived on this earth with a group of followers, predicted that he would die and rise from the dead and then was actually put to death and rose from the dead after three days. No one has ever done this except for him. He claimed to be the Son of God and his invitation to all of us is to place our faith in him so that we can have confidence now and forever.

You might be going through a very difficult time right now and feel like everything you used to count on has eroded away. God wants to turn your heart from discouragement to hope. He wants us to take a step of faith, put our trust in the resurrected Jesus and listen to him by reading the Bible.

I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength. – Philippians 4:13

The truth is, your circumstances may or may not change. But what we do know is that He will give you power for living – the same power that raised Jesus from the dead – to help you through whatever seems to be defeating you today. May you receive his gift of strength and be encouraged that with Christ, all things are possible.

 

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