In times like these, don’t judge
by The Press and Standard | December 2, 2015 3:24 pm
There is a popular idiom that says, “Life is just a bowl of cherries,” interpreted to mean that everything in life is going well, and that we should live life carefree. It is often intended to be used humorously to show us that even though there are pitfalls in life, don’t stress over everything.
However, when trouble comes into our lives, there are several Scriptures to rest upon that are purposed to give us the encouragement we need. According to John 16:33, we are reminded, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Second Timothy 3:1 tells us, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” Further, Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Given these Scriptures to get us through times like these, sometimes it is still very difficult. The flesh in us hurts in times of pain and trouble; therefore, it seems as if the light is never going to appear at the end of the tunnel. Consequently, prayer, patience, love, support and genuine encouragement from others are very vital keys to getting through tough times. God is a just and loving God, for He will not allow His elect to suffer.
In times like these, we all must P.U.S.H.: Pray until something happens! As we journey through these times, we need our Savior and each other. However, as we see others going through perilous times, we should whisper a prayer, and don’t judge or convict, because we may not know the complete story.
On that note, I leave you with this anonymously written piece, “Everyone Has a Story in Life.”
A 24-year-old boy, seeing out from the train’s window, shouted, “Dad, look the trees are going behind!”
Dad smiled, and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24-year-old’s childish behavior with pity. Suddenly, he again exclaimed, “Dad, look; the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man, “Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”
The old man smiled and said, “I did, and we are just coming from the hospital. My son was blind from birth; he just got his eyes today.”
Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.
Please keep my family in your prayers. Have a wonderfully blessed week, and never leave home without Him.
(Anna Bright is a minister and educator in Walterboro. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)