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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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November 1, 2013 - Cornered

By Jerry D. Scott

If you corner an animal, it is likely to respond with hostility, bared teeth, claws, or fangs. Sam, my Irish setter, is the most docile creature you could imagine, but her hair will rise and a deep growl will rumble from her throat if she feels threatened and trapped.

Ever feel cornered, desperate to escape, with no apparent way out? That kind of physical danger is not part of my life experience, thankfully. But there are those moments when I feel as though circumstances push me into the corner, cutting me off. What then?

Stress levels were high following the Passover dinner where Jesus spoke at length about His impending death. The disciples were trying to sort out their confusion during the short walk through the darkness to the olive grove where there was a garden called Gethsemane. Jesus prayed. The disciples fell asleep. With a start they awoke when one of them saw the light of flaming torches coming their way. Tension rose, but Jesus would not run.

When soldiers and armed temple police, accompanied by Judas, confronted Jesus and the disciples, Jesus stepped forward. As He did, they fell back. He asked them who they sought. They answered that they were looking for Jesus. Judas moved forward and kissed the Master in betrayal, a signal that led the soldiers to seize the Lord.

Peter, cornered and desperate, pulled a sword from his waistband and took a wild swing at the nearest man, slicing away the man's ear. Before further chaos could break out, Jesus showed amazing grace and leadership. He told Peter to put his sword away, asked the soldiers to let His disciples go, and then gently healed the wounded man's ear.

Jesus was not cornered at all. He was walking in His Father's will. "Jesus commanded Peter, 'Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?'" (John 18:11, NIV)

Two men, same place, but such different responses. One was full of fear; the other, full of faith. One was moving in the will of God; the other was blind to that will. One was secure in God's hand; the other was adrift in his own confusion.

Has life apparently cornered you? Are the problems overwhelming? The future, nonexistent? Is there no discernable way out, no way around?

Don't flail about, wildly swinging cutting words, slashing in the darkness. Far better to kneel and find your place in the Father's will. Wrestle with the emotions. Jesus did! His stress was intense, as was His desire to walk away from the cross, but He didn't. Instead, He submitted himself to the plan of God.

Earlier, as He prayed in the garden, "going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will'" (Matthew 26:39).

The way out of the corner was not the path Jesus preferred, but it was the way to great glory.

Here's a word from the Word. "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it" (1 Corinthians 10:13).

If you own this promise, you will never be cornered by circumstances again.

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.



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