God Will Help You Beat the Odds and Be Blessed!

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

I was recently at breakfast with the guys in my weekly discipleship group. There were eight of us there, and we were in our catching up discussion prior to breakfast being served. We were laughing at stories, talking about work, and getting ready to read and discuss eight scriptures and how they were impacting and blessing our lives. And then suddenly it was like I was having a momentary out-of-body experience. I looked around the circle of guys at the table one by one. It hit me. Every one of these guys was happily married, great fathers, and hard-working providers including myself. They all loved God, had been in this weekly group for years, and were all serving as leaders in their church. When I realized what I was seeing, I could not help but bring it to everyone’s attention at the first lull in the group conversation. I pointed it out to the guys and said, Do you know what the odds of a group of guys like this are in the world we live in today? Off the charts rare!  

Everyone caught ahold of what I was saying and agreed—that unfortunately, the odds of this in today’s society was extremely rare. It became a conversation of thankfulness to the Lord for opening the eyes of our hearts to His love through Jesus Christ and transforming our lives to the place we were in at that moment. Most people don’t think in terms of something like this as a miracle, but to us, it felt like a miracle—a group of lost guys being found by Jesus and having their lives transformed into something more wonderful than we could have ever imagined. It wasn’t about any of us not experiencing the normal pressures and hardships that come in life. It was about each of us making it through them by being the iron sharpening iron with each other that helped create a stability in a group of friends like we were experiencing.

Again, thinking about what great fathers each of these guys were, I had mentioned how many homes have children without fathers in them and the trouble that causes. One organization for the fatherless says there over 20 million homes in America with children without fathers. I actually think that the number is greater than that today. While talking about this, one of the men said he had recently heard someone say, When boys don’t have a father, the streets become their father.  I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that statement since.

My wife grew up in a family that was abandoned by her father. While still married to her mother, he left her mom for another woman, and illegally married the other woman. My wife’s mother is one of the most beautiful Christian women I’ve ever known. She didn’t want the children to suffer through all of this, so she gave her husband a divorce. She only hoped for child support along the way. To be honest, my wife’s real dad was a very disturbed person. They were fortunate to not have him in the home. He moved to another state, so the kids seldom saw him and that was good. He was a narcissist who did not have the capacity to truly love his family.

My wife’s mom lived for years as the single mom, provider, encourager, and spiritual instructor for her three children. Though they had experienced much hardship and life for them was difficult, she did not allow herself to be a victim. She had tremendous faith in God’s supernatural provision for every need in their lives. She brought the kids to church every Sunday, taught them the Word of God and how to live for God, and literally loved and prayed for them like no other mother could. She eventually remarried the most wonderful Christian man who came into their lives when they were teenagers—something very difficult to do. He became the real father they never had. My wife, her sister, and brother grew up and matured into the most wonderful Christian people, parents and professionals with the most stable lives—true influencers of God to the world around them.  They did not become victims of the odds that they could have easily succumbed to.

In both these stories, how did these men and how did this family beat the odds so many others suffer from?  There are a few scriptures that remind us that the fatherless metaphorically end up being fathered by the streets without Jesus. The Bible reminds us that God’s fatherhood was hijacked by the devil through his lies to Adam and Eve, and through their sin that was passed on to every human being. Romans 5:12 (NLT): “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”  When that happened, Satan became the god of this world and father of mankind and the streets, that raised the children.  II Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) says, “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”

This entire world in a sense became the fatherless home to all, because sin separated us all from God. But then we were rescued by Jesus! Colossians 1:12-14 (NLT): “Always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.”
I’ve written all this today thinking about the craving that every person desires for love, purpose, and stability of life— that all coming from having a godly father in the home. But not every home will have a father and consequently, the odds are against everyone in that home.

This world is fatherless without Jesus. The odds against the fatherless are horrid. God is that Father who alone can create this stability that all mankind craves. He can be the Father to the fatherless. He can supernaturally bring the assurance of His love that every child and person craves.  He alone can bring the assurance of purpose that every child and person craves. He alone can bring the direction for life that creates stability that every child and person craves.

And so… bring Jesus into every fabric of your life. Find a good bible-teaching church. Be involved in its community. Bring the learning, instruction, and prayer of God into your home and personal relationships. And let Him help you beat the odds by making Him the ultimate Father in your home and life. He can and will fulfill your life with every good thing, despite what the world has stacked against you!

Isaiah 33:6: “And God shall be the stability of your times…”

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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4 thoughts on “God Will Help You Beat the Odds and Be Blessed!

  1. that’s is true. God is Father to who is fatherless. Thank you Pastor for make me to remember that. God is my really Father

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  2. Hi Pastor Tim,
    In my family background my mother’s father left a wife and family in Canada, came here to Duluth somehow, met my grandmother, married her and had a family. My mother married 3 times. When I was in first grade my dad came to pick us up after school with a very large woman in the front seat. She left a husband with 11 children to live with my dad til he died at 68 of alcoholism, 3/4 if his stomach removed because of it. There was so much chaos throughput my life and into my marriage which ended in divorce. 6 auto accidents from age 30 until December of 2006. I started Living Word in August of 2007. Not all has been perfect as you know with attitude/behavior but continue to press forward with change.
    Tuesday after Girls’ of Grace I went to my sister’s to be yelled at, cussed at. This is a constant from her. I keep hoping and praying for a change in her. She is in much physical pain and need of help so I go hoping this time it will be different.
    I spent a long time in conversation about this with my son Alec last night. He did not talk to her for about 4 years until recently. This makes my heart so heavy. I struggle turning this to Jesus and letting go. I am reading Karen Salisbury’s book on Forgiveness as she gave it to me free in exchange for reviews. Have to finish it soon.
    When I read and see the closeness of families there is such a longing in my heart to have that one day. I am so grateful to God that he has Blessed you Renee and family. You all show us what is possible. I hold you all in prayer as you continue on the journey the Lord has directed. Blessings

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    • Shelly, the world is filled with broken families because when people don’t live for the Lord, there life becomes about them and what they want. People who live without the Lord, don’t know how to live for God of learn to walk in His thoughts, attitudes and behaviors. Broken homes and broken relationships become the result. Sometimes as a Christian, your family will not receive you and they may even despise you. That is the cost of being a Christian. And you can repair toxic people – even your own family, only God can. So sometimes we have to love and pray for toxic family members from a distance. God had Abraham leave His immediate family and then gave him a new one. No matter what we give up for the Lord, He gives it back to us multiplied. At that point you have to appreciate and thank God for the new family He has surrounded you with and love them. I know God has surrounded you with wonderful people that love you. And God is the father you always longed for. So, keep praying for your blood family and appreciate and thank God for those He has surrounded your life with! God bless you! Mark 10:29-30 (NIV) “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields–and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.

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