AUDIO… And All Because

By Rev Bill Woods

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
16  Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

William Soutar was one of the great Scottish poets of the 1900’s.                            – His life was a tragic one. — He died in 1943 only at 45.

For 25 years he suffered a debilitating illness — the last 10 years of his life he was completely helpless.

He had a great gift of writing and in spite of his own tragedy he possessed wit and was a noted storyteller.

One of his stories told the importance and effect of little things.

A logger’s wife forgot to put salt in her husband’s morning porridge.                 – When he angrily complained, she told him he was a fool to make such a fuss   about such a small matter.

This infuriated the logger, and arriving at work in the forest he lashed out at a tree with such force and venom that the axe head flew off.

It injured his employer’s favorite horse that was being led to the blacksmith’s shop.

That was the horse his employer, a nobleman and an important man in the    District, was going to ride to a meeting of Lords to discuss their differences   with the King.

Because of his anger and foul mood over having to find another horse, he successfully argued for an uprising against the King.

In the rebellion that followed many were killed, and there followed a period of poverty, famine and unrest.

This rebellion, loss of life and suffering happened because a wood cutter’s wife forgot to salt her husband’s porridge.

The point of this story is to show how little things can have a widespread effect like throwing a rock into a pond and watching the ripples spread out until they reach the shore.

If we’re young, middle aged or even retired we may feel there’s little we can do, or even want to do, that’ll greatly affect others.

This isn’t true. Every action, every good deed, every performed service, every outreach, has an effect on someone, somewhere — Pay It Forward..

We’re God’s hands and feet – have you used yours today?

A mother got so busy that one evening she forgot to clean the shoes and prepare the clothes for her 3 young children to get ready for school the next day.

The day started badly and very rushed.

The children went to school in tears. Mother and father were fighting and went to work in an ugly mood.

It was a bad day for the whole family and probably for those working alongside the parents.

And all because……

“Faith sometimes begins by stuffing your ears with cotton.”

When Jesus said, “Just believe…” He was saying, “Don’t limit your possibilities to just what you can see.                                                                                                                                                     .   – Don’t listen only for what you can hear.                                                                                    – Don’t be controlled by only what seems logical.

Believing there is more to life than meets the eye!” “Trust Me,” Jesus was pleading. “Don’t be afraid; just trust.”

A father in the Bahamas yelled the same thing to his young son trapped in a burning house.  – The two-story home was engulfed in flames, and the family – father, mother,   and several children- was on its way out when the smallest boy became terrified and ran back upstairs.

His father, outside, shouted to him: “Jump, son, jump! I’ll catch you.” The boy cried: “But Daddy, I can’t see you.” “I know,” his father called, “but I can see you.”

A similar example of faith was found on the wall of a concentration camp.        – A prisoner had carved, “I believe in the sun, even though it doesn’t shine, I       believe in love, even when it isn’t shown, I believe in God, even when He           doesn’t speak.”

Try to imagine the person who etched those words with his skeletal hand gripping the broken glass or stone that cut into the wall.                                          – Imagine his eyes squinting through the darkness as he carved each letter.

What hand could’ve cut such a conviction? What eyes could’ve seen good in such horror?

There’s only one answer: Eyes that chose to see the unseen.

Paul wrote — 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NKJV)
16  Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18  while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

Either to live by the facts or to see by faith. When tragedy strikes we’re left to choose what we see.

I don’t mean to buy into the Christian Science Doctrine thinking life is just an illusion, but I do mean to adopt Romans 8:28, and not let everything swamp our boat.

Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Remember, this life is short compared to eternity and eternity is where we’ll find our answers as to “why” and also complete satisfaction for what we go through here.

We can see either the hurt or the Healer.   The choice is ours.


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Author: Narrow Path Ministries

Non-denominational, Independent, Bible believing Church

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