Turning To Jesus In The Clear And Not So Clear Times

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Hard times prevail… and then again, they don’t.  They’re great.  

Or reversed.  

The great times prevail… and then again, they don’t.  They’re awful.   

And during those many and varied seasons, we may…

Turn to Jesus with a measure of confidence, 
Or try to turning to Him when it gets confusing,
Or in the worst case scenario we turn away.  

Hopefully, it’s not the latter, but it can and does happen.  

My point in all of this might be termed “simple” and yet it certainly carries with it a considerable amount of depth when putting it into practice: 

Trusting in Jesus may not always be easy… but it is always necessary.  

We turn to Jesus after we believe much in the same way we turned to Jesus in the beginning.  We chose to believe in Him, in His love, and in his ability to help us in our time of need at the point of our salvation. 

And it is because we continue to believe in Him, His love and in His ability to help us that we decide to turn to Him again and again for help in our various types needs after being saved.  

Will I always understand the trial, the reasons for the trial, and why on earth He permits it to happen?  I would have to say “No.”

Yet He is there and I can count on Him being so…all the way through the trial on into eternity: which may be the only place where “it all comes together for me.”  

A Quote…

Trusting Jesus
Turning to Jesus when life is clear 

or much less clear than we would like it. 
© Lee Wise

And Speaking Of Prayer…

“Lord, I ask you to turn my heart to you in the times when it all goes well in my life, when it all is a mess, and everything else in between.  Keep me from demanding too much and trusting too little.  When ‘just getting through it’ seems all that I can do, help me to realize your Presence, care, love and the future hope of tomorrow.  And, Lord, may I be a reflection of You somehow, in some way, no matter what. In Your Name Name, Amen!”

Reflecting On Scripture…

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.  He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.” (2 Corinthians 1:8-12). **

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Following about a three year search for God, Lee trusted Christ as Savior in 1967 as young Marine. He has served as an outreach pastor and a church planter. The Lord also led him to serve as the Director of Internships at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA where he served for over 20 years. Lee loves to write, has a strong desire to be a positive influence for Christ in our world, and is passionate about family. And speaking of family, he and his wife Sherry (who served as a Director of Elementary Education for many years and recently retired) praise the Lord for being married 44 years, their 3 daughters and son-laws, and 7 grandchildren! Lee and Sherry would say: "We've been abundantly blessed."