lessons from nature

Recently I had the opportunity to climb a mountain. Being [somewhat] out of shape, it was hard. My legs got tired, I got altitude sick, my feet hurt, I was thirsty, and sometimes I just wanted to turn back. However, I was determined to reach the top, and finally, I did!

As I was able to look down on all the world beneath me, all the pain of the climb faded away. Seeing the majesty of the view surrounding, I knew that I would climb those miles again, experience everything – all just to have the reward of that view, and having the satisfaction of reaching my goal.

That night as I lay in my sleeping bag trying to sleep, I was struck with the thought that my climb that day was very similar to what our walk with God is. It’s hard. People will make fun of us, things will be painful, and sometimes we might wonder why we’re doing it…maybe it would be easier to just quit. When we finally reach heaven to spend eternity with Jesus though, we will realize that it was all worth it. The pain, the struggles, the heartache – everything – will fade away, and we would repeat it all again to reach heaven.

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It made me even more thankful for the outdoors, how God reveals Himself and His character to us in subtle, yet beautiful ways.

Thoughts on Matthew 19:24-26

And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

I’ve heard and read verse 24 for a very long time, and I’ve always just been slightly perplexed by it. I knew that it was impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, but I also knew that it isn’t possible for a loving God to keep someone out of heaven just because they have a certain amount of something. There are examples of wealthy people in the Bible that God calls His people. Take David for example: In Acts 13:22 God calls him, “a man after mine own heart,” and we know that David was wealthy.

 My understanding was with that of the disciples when they said, “Who then can be saved?” If it was easier for a camel to get through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, yet it is impossible for that to happen and I knew that God loves everyone because 2 Peter 3:9 says that the Lord, “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance,” how did this all work together?

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Recently, it all finally came together. Every morning my Bible app gives me a verse for the day, and I either study that select passage or read the entire chapter the verse is found in. One morning, Matthew 19:26 was my verse to study. I quickly realized that the camel through the eye of a needle verse was there in direct correlation with verse 26, and that’s when it all hit me with crystal clear clarity. Just like it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, it’s impossible for a rich man, or anyone in fact, to get into the Kingdom of God.

BUT, you have to read the entire verse! “With man this is impossible,” and here we see that it is impossible, “But with God all things are possible.” All things! Just as we see that fitting a camel through the eye of a needle is impossible, so is getting into heaven of ourselves, by our own works. When you add God to the equation, nothing is impossible anymore. By His grace, and through our faith, we can enter into heaven.

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As I sat there, my mind was blown. God had come through again. His Word is perfect, as we see in Psalm 19:7-8. Everything is in perfect harmony, because God can make no mistakes. Not only did I discover more Bible truth that morning, but I saw more evidence that God and His Word are true and to be trusted.


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