USA Today — December 11, 2013 report
There’s cold, and then there’s Antarctica cold. How does a frosty reading of 135.8 degrees below zero sound? Based on remote satellite measurements, scientists recently recorded that temperature at a desolate ice plateau in East Antarctica. It was the lowest temperature ever recorded on Earth, though it may not get that recognition in the official record book. A NASA satellite measured that temperature in August 2010; on July 31 of this year, another bone-chilling temperature of -135.3 degrees was recorded.
James 1: 2-6 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
Are you in the middle of a cold, frozen tribulation period in your life? Or as my youngest daughter told me last night, a huge valley full of trials. Then, thank your Heavenly Father through the Lord Jesus for the divine magnificent love as He continually prepares us to do His work. So, worship Him with your life until He receives us into “His Eternal Glory”. Sending you prayers and blessings in spite of a tribulation of deep freeze. 🙂 ♥Streim
Luke 7: 1-10 Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, “for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue.” Then Jesus went with them. And when He was already not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying to Him, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof. Therefore I did not even think myself worthy to come to You. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man placed under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard these things, He marveled at him, and turned around and said to the crowd that followed Him, “I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!” And those who were sent, returning to the house, found the servant well who had been sick.
I think we all remember hearing about or reading the event with the centurion’s servant that Luke records here. Roman centurions, in the days of our Lord Jesus Christ, commanded armies of at least 100 soldiers at any given time. That meant they were strong, tough men of authority who only submitted themselves to the Roman government. But in this passage in Luke, we see a different characteristic in this specific centurion. He was humbled, realizing the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Humility— not a characteristic of most people. When it comes to our Lord Jesus Christ, I believe if we say He is our Lord and Savior, that in itself is humbling. Sorry, I can’t write more here, because it is difficult to see the keyboard. Praying this song speaks to your heart. ♥ Streim