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we are like nails

A Korean Christian once told Lloyd Oglivie that when he and his friends were under great pressure from the Communists, they used to say: “We are like nails: the harder you hit us, the deeper you drive us.”

As you likely know, life will hit you from time-to-time, and sometimes it hits pretty hard.

— The health we expected into old age is suddenly lost.
— Child we thought was “normal” = has special challenges.
— The teenager we love more than life makes destructive choices.
— Job we worked hard for is eliminated or downsized.
— The one we love so much dies.

When life smacks you, you have a choice: will I become bitter or better? Will I allow this circumstance to drive me deeper into prayer and God’s word, or will it become a wedge between us?

God does not want it become a wedge. In fact, he has gone to great lengths to establish a relationship with you.

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. — Romans 5:1-2

The next time life hits you, remember you have a choice to turn to God or away from him.

God has already chosen and he has chosen you.