Summary: There are four things in this passage that substantiate you can be assured it’s going to get better.
“IT’S GOING TO GET BETTER”
By: Dr. Dennis Deese - www.dennisdeese.com
"A Christian without affliction is only like a soldier on parade." ??Felix Neff
“Words of comfort, skillfully administered, are the oldest therapy known to man.” —Louis Nizer
A young mother was too busy to visit her elderly neighbor, who was ill. She said to her small son, "Tommy, run over and see how ’old Mrs. Smith’ is." In just a matter of minutes Tommy was back. "She says it’s none of your business how old she is."
A man fell into a pit and couldn’t get himself out. A Christian Scientist came along and said: "You only think that you are in a pit". A Pharisee said: "Only bad people fall into a pit." A Fundamentalist said: "You deserve your pit." A Charismatic said: "Just confess that you’re not in a pit." A Methodist came by and said, "We brought you some food and clothing while you’re in the pit." A Presbyterian said, "This was no accident, you know." An Optimist said: "Things could be worse." A pessimist said: "Things will get worse!" Jesus, seeing the man, took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.
There are four things in this passage that substantiate you can be assured it’s going to get better.
1. THE DIVINE PERCEPTION OF GOD 16:16, 20
A young boy was driving a hayrack down the road when the wagon fell over in front of a farmer’s house. The farmer came out, saw the young boy crying and said, "Son, don’t worry about this, we can fix it. Right now dinner’s ready. Why don’t you come in and eat with us and then I’ll help you put the hay back on the rack." The boy said, "No, I can’t. My father is going to be very angry with me." The farmer said, "Now don’t worry, just come in and have some lunch and you’ll feel better." The boy said, "I’m just afraid my father is going to be very angry with me." The farmer and the young boy went inside and had dinner. Afterwards, as they walked outside to the hayrack, the farmer said, "Now, son, don’t you feel better after that great meal?" The boy said, "Yes but I just know that my father will be very angry with me." The farmer said, "Nonsense. Where is your father anyway?" The boy said, "He’s under that wagon."
While at times man’s perception of the moment is inaccurate, God’s perception of the moment is accurate!
1. Our need 16:16
2. Our questions 16:19
3. Our sorrow 16:20
4. Our Frailty 16:20b
5. Our victory 16:20c
2. THE LOVING PROVIDENCE OF GOD 16:20-32
It’s is not that God merely perceives our needs He acts accordingly. This entire chapter is based upon the action of the Lord for the need of the disciples.
“There are only two constants in the world: Christ and change.” —Lyle Schaller
It is seen in His:
1. Intervention 16:1
2. Preparation 16:16, 4, 7, 12
3. Action 16:7, 32
3. THE PROMISED PROVISIONS OF GOD 16:33a