Why We Crumble (Reblogged)

“We do not crumble from the pressure from the outside, but often from the hollow within”- the hollow created by the absence of God in our lives.

May you know the in-dwelling presence of God in your heart and mind this year, and always.


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Life can get very busy, fast and heavy. Sometimes living can become a challenge as life seems to always throw us at the deep end. In times like that, we need encouragement, a word of hope, a voice that assures that it gets better; that we should hang on. Just-A-Thought offers Christian words of hope in dispair, light in darkness, and strength to carry on.

4 responses to “Why We Crumble (Reblogged)”

  1. honeyandpaisley says :

    This is a powerful post! Thank you. I often find myself looking for reasons why I’m overwhelmed…family relationship, apathetic attitude to all things? But the issue is on the inside.

  2. fiifiagyei says :

    Thanks for sharing Bro. What you wrote can be seen in the physical strength of hollow objects. For a spherical object, having an empty hollow space inside makes the object break quite easily from external pressures. When the space inside is filled it can withstand the pressures from without. The metallic bearings of a wheel is able to withstand the pressure and weight of a heavy vehicle because the bearings are fully and completely filled with metal. There are no holes therein.
    The same is true of human experience. Jeremiah the Prophet was able to face pressures and opposition from without because God strengthened him from within (Jer 1:17-19).

    The problem is, someone may decide to fill him/herself with something other than God. It is quite easy to be filled with things that are other than God himself. It is like filling the metallic sphere with a jelly-like material. The sad truth is that although it is filled with something (jelly) it cannot stand the pressures of the world. Jelly-filled metallic bearing will be sure to break when pressure is applied! An illustration will do. Someone may be ”filled in the inside” with his/her riches. But the Proverb is true that “Riches won’t help on the day of judgement, but right living can save you from death” (Prov 11:4). The same can be said of many other things like fame, relationships, pleasures, achievements, success-in fact aside God Himself, nothing else truly satisfies. Nothing else can help us withstand the pressures of this life. When God made the universe, and humankind, the only thing that was made to dwell ‘inside’ man was His breath of life, i.e. God Himself (cf. Gen 2:7). Everything else was outside of man. The hymn “As the deer pants” puts it well when it says

    I want You more than gold or silver
    Only You can satisfy
    You alone are the real joy giver
    And the apple of my eye
    – Martin J. Nystrom

    ‘Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.’ — Augustine of Hippo. He was right. May God help us seek Him and be filled to overflowing with His Spirit, strength and power. Amen.

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