As I was doing a mental thumb-through of some biblical stories, the human element was center stage time and time again. In this human element, we can find encouragment for the daily trials of life.
As most of us know, life can be full of challenges. The next time you are faced with one, think about Moses. He had the challenge of leading over a million people out of Egypt, across the Red Sea, through the wilderness, and to the promised land. Throughout this difficult journey, we see that provisions were provided for each step he took.
Has anyone ever betrayed you? Do you still have a desire to even the score? If so, you might identify with the story of Joseph. He was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and imprisioned. Joseph’s faith never wavered, and it was God who evened the score.
How about disappointment? Have you ever been disappointed by some person or some thing? The air was full of disappointment on that long-ago Friday when Jesus died. All of the hopes and dreams of the disciples were focused on this radical, new-found Messiah. Some of His followers had been ostracized by society and others had been shunned by their families. And now, their dream had become a nightmare on the cruel cross of Calvary.
This disappointment had caused some of disciples to leave Jerusalem. As they walked the dusty road to Emmaus, heavy hearts and a spirit of dispair overcame them. They thought their lives were changed forever because Jesus had died.
They were right, but only half right. Thinking the play was over they left at intermission, and they missed the final act. A few days later the disappointment of these Christians vanished with the appearance of the resurrected Saviour.
The next time life starts to kick you and drag you down, remember there is a very human element in the pages of the Bible. Remember that the God who did great things back then, is the same God who is at work now. He has promised us the present of His presence in our darkest hour.
I hope this is enough to keep you thinking.