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Date: Wed, 03 Nov 2004 13:38:14 -0600
Forthright Magazine
Straight to the Cross

COLUMN: Hands-on Faith

Does Anybody Understand Me?
by Barry Newton

"You just do not understand me," lamented the
young wife. Her feelings of alienation and
frustration felt as though she was on a lonely
raft in the midst of the sea.

Her husband was confident he knew exactly what was
going on and what she needed. He had the answers
if only she would be quiet long enough to listen
to him. All this talk just irritated him more each
moment. The drumbeat in his brain kept resonating,
"Let's just cut to the chase and get on with
solving this!"

The more he insisted he understood and tried to
move them toward resolution, the more arrogant and
distant he seemed to her. She so desperately
wanted him to understand her. As far as she was
concerned, he did not have a clue.

Communication can be difficult, especially if
someone has difficulty expressing feelings,
misinterprets another's motives, seeks sympathy or
validation without indicating this is desired, or
is not willing to divulge deep agendas. While
people can have difficulty understanding one
another, there is One who truly does understand
each one of us.

Jesus left his glory and place with the Father to
become flesh and blood, just like us. He was
tempted in every way just as we are./1 Jesus knows
the types of struggles you feel and go through./2
He knows the difficulty of facing hard decisions,
where your heart desires to take one path but you
know you should do something different. Jesus even
knows rejection, loneliness, suffering, and
ridicule to a degree that many of us will never

Combine Jesus' ability to sympathize with our
weaknesses along with God's complete understanding
of our thoughts and motives/3 and that creates a
powerful source of help. Our Lord might not always
approve of our desires or choices, but he does
understand what we are going through. He does
sympathize. He does long to help. There is grace
and mercy extended to us if we will approach the
throne of grace./4

In view of the wonderful resource we have in our
Lord, how much time have you spent in prayer
lately talking to God? How much are you relying
upon your High Priest to help you and strengthen
you? Jesus understands.
1/ Hebrews 4:15; Mark 1:13
2/ Hebrews 2:17,18; 4:15
3/ Hebrews 4:13
4/ Hebrews 4:16

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COLUMN: Reality Check

Eagles and Chickens
by Stan Mitchell

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their
strength, they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary, they will walk
and not be faint" (Isaiah 40:31).

Have you ever tried to corner a chicken? Paving
stones are more aerodynamic than chickens! Somehow
this most inelegant of birds senses that flight is
a matter of greatest urgency, and in a flurry of
claws and feathers she does her best to avoid a
destiny with an iron skillet and a bottle of

Would this be poultry in motion?

Have you ever tried to corner an eagle? Ten-foot
chicken wiring tends to be inadequate confinement.
And in the broad, blue sky, a thousand feet above
the earth, there aren't many corners, anyway.

That would be a receding raptor.

When we attempt to rise above life's difficulties
on our own, our efforts are usually about as
exalted and dignified as a harassed hen. And the
temptation usually catches us, red feet clasped in
hand, hanging upside down and ready for the fryer!

So why do we try vainly to live life without the
help of God? Don't we want to soar on wings like
eagles? Don't we want to rise above the dust and
grit of the hen house? Why do Christians try to
get along without the benefit of Bible Study and
worship time? Why do we fail to seek consolation
in prayer?

Rest on the wings of the Lord. Pray for his
strength. Be in his presence for worship. Serve
his people.

"You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt and
how I carried you on eagle's wings and brought you
to myself" (Exodus 19:4).

Are you a fryer or a flier?

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