Work of God Displayed-Part II—Hope that We Have

Last month, I shared with you the verses in John 9 that the Lord used to encourage me when I struggled with the thought that I might have done something or could have prevented Sarah’s autism.   Later on in John 9 the healed blind man was questioned by the Pharisees.  (Raked over the coals is more like it!)  I love his response:

“He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know, I was blind but now I see!”  John 9:25

Sharing what you know; what a great thought!  I don’t claim to know all the answers but I do know Jesus and the difference He has made in my life and that I can share!

My pastor, Pastor Dave Riddle, said:

“I am:

-Not a defense attorney
-Not a prosecutor
-Not a judge
-Not the jury

I am His witness and I speak the Truth!”

I loved what he said so much I wrote it on the back page of my Bible.  It reminds me of I Peter 3:15:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”

Whatever you are facing right now, the tough times you are going through, the “Works of God Displayed” in progress, all we can do is be a witness and talk, share and/or shout the good news of Christ working in our lives and the hope we have because of Him!

Okay, some of us might not feel we are the most eloquent of speakers or claim to be able to debate deep theological truths (there is a reason why I never took Debate class; my palms are getting sweaty just thinking about it!), but we can share with others what we know: the good news of Jesus Christ and what He has done for us!

“One thing I do know, I was blind, but now I see….”

One thing I know is I was hopeless, but He gave me hope…

I was distraught, but He gave me peace…

I was lonely, but He was my comfort…

I was floundering in desperation, but He stilled my soul and held my hand…

I felt empty, but He filled me with joy…

I realize that is more than one thing, but you get the idea! 🙂

I would love to hear your ‘before and after’!  He is at work and He never wastes a trial or a pain!

5 thoughts on “Work of God Displayed-Part II—Hope that We Have

  1. veronicasimon

    Praise the Lord!
    I had no purpose. Jesus gave me my life meaning.
    I sought acceptance. Jesus accepts me unconditionally.
    I had no assurance of my eternal destiny. I know where I’m going.

  2. Pat Vess

    Another treasured blog that needs to be copied and placed in my Bible. You are a “Dispenser of Hope!”
    My added “before and after” is:
    “I was so uncertain, but HE saw my eyes fixed on HIM, and HE showed me the next step!”
    Thank you, Jill, for these treasured writings. I’m so blessed because I receive a copy of them too!

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