Just Isaac

He is most well known for being the son of Abraham and the father of Jacob. Some commentators have referred to him as a mediocre son of a great father and a mediocre father of a great son. I think this is unfair to Isaac. I believe he admirably fulfilled his place in history. He was not born to be an Abraham nor was he born to be a Jacob. He was just Isaac.

Every where you go you will find men with the spirit of Isaac. Most people unfairly consider them to be just mediocre. For instance, you might see a man at the little league game in grimy clothes. His clothes are dirty because he came straight from work to watch his child or grandchild play. You might also see him in those grimy clothes at church on Wednesday night. He wants to be an example for his children and grandchildren so he also came there straight from work. He will probably never be great in the world’s eyes, but he loves his family, does his job and worships Jesus. He will never be seen as a V.I.P. But neither was Isaac.

On Sunday a bivocational pastor will step into the pulpit to preach a message that God has given him. Many nights he has been up past midnight praying and laboring over the sermon. He pays the bills by working all day. He then rushes home, cleans up, and spends the evening visiting his small congregation. The members of his little church love him but the denominational leaders don’t know him. Although his sermons are better than most of the big shot preachers, he will never be asked to preach to large crowds. He is just a simple man doing what God called him to do. Just like Isaac.

Throughout history a handful of great men have done great things for God, and we all know their names. However the Bible teaches that in Heaven the first shall be last and the last shall be first. By far the men who have done the most for the Kingdom of Heaven are the simple men whose names are not known. On earth they never hear the applause of men, but in Heaven a great cloud of witnesses will greet them with a standing ovation. With dirty hands and calloused knees they are simple but faithful servants who do their jobs well. Just like Isaac.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

From Down Where the Pavement Ends

A Hopeless Situation

Lazarus was dead. His strong body and determined will to live could not overcome his sickness. The doctors who treated his illness had given the family hope. His sisters had prayed to Jesus. Their faith in God had given them hope. But now not only was Lazarus dead, but he had been in the tomb for four days. His sisters did not want to open the grave because by now the body had begun to rot and it stunk. It was a hopeless situation.

When you think of the story of Lazarus, you may think only of a dead man being brought back to life. However, it occurs to me that this is a story of Jesus’ ability to overcome the most hopeless of situations. When Jesus arrived at the tomb of Lazarus, everyone thought that He was four days late. However, Jesus is never late. He simply waited until Lazarus was dead enough for people to see and believe that He is Lord over the most hopeless of situations.

Many situations arise in our lives that appear to be hopeless. They may be caused by our own foolishness or maybe things happen that are beyond our control. Our will to overcome is not good enough. Friends speak of hope, yet we feel despair. We have prayed but it seems Jesus doesn’t hear. Now our situation stinks worse than a four day old corpse and we are saturated by hopelessness.

Jesus said; “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die — ever.” If Jesus can raise a dead man for the Glory of God, He can handle your problems for the Glory of God. Bring your mess to Jesus, loose yourself and let yourself go. I promise you this, in Christ there are no hopeless situations.

Douglas & Deborah Huff
From Down Where The Pavement Ends

Towers

“Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.”

Psalms 37:1-5

In my lifetime, I have seen one president assassinated and another forced out of office. These two men seemed to be unbeatable in their public and private lives. They were towers of strength, but they where brought down by the forces of this world.

In my lifetime, I have seen a once powerful world superpower cease to exist. This evil nation once caused fearful Americans to build bomb shelters because of their dreaded nuclear weapons. This tower of socialist strength came crumbling to the ground because of the multiplied power of freedom seeking people.

In my lifetime, I have seen nationally known television evangelists knocked out of their lofty pulpits in shame and disgrace as their private sins became public knowledge. These self-proclaimed towers of spirituality were humbled as their public declarations of faith became private demons of failure.

In my lifetime, I saw the Twin Towers of New York City come crashing to the ground. These great buildings represented the financial might of our great nation and most people thought they would stand forever. But a handful of lunatics crashed planes loaded with people into the side of these buildings. Screaming “Praise be to Allah”, they flew right into the clutches of their father the Devil.

In my lifetime, I have seen many towers fall. Towers of friendship, towers of trust and towers of love. In my lifetime, I have been afraid, I have been ashamed and I have been hurt by people and by circumstances. I can tell you that there is no person who will not fail or hurt you sooner or later. Even those you love and trust the most. But let me tell you this.

In my lifetime, I have come to know a God in whom I can trust. He has told me He will never leave me nor forsake me and He has told me nothing can ever separate me from His love.

My God sought me with His love and bought me with His blood. He is my Lord. My Lord is Jesus Christ and He is an invincible Tower. The righteous run to this Tower and are safe.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

Down Where The Pavement Ends

What Really Matters

What Really Matters

            I once heard a story of a man who had turned the basement of his home into his man-cave. This was his place where he would chill out and do “man stuff”. In this man-cave, he had a wide screen television with a great sound system. The walls were hung with diplomas and certificates of achievements. His sports and hunting trophies were there. Sometimes he would go down, sit in his favorite chair and look fondly at all his stuff.

            One day while he was at work the area he lived in was hit by a tremendous storm. Rain poured for hours. Streets and homes were flooded. He rushed home to find that for the most part his home was ok. But when he opened the door to the basement, he saw that His man-cave was filled with water. Everything was destroyed. All his stuff was gone.

            While he stood looking and grieving over all his ruined possessions, he seemed to hear the voice of God speaks to him. God whispered in his ear saying, “Don’t worry about all this stuff, I was going to burn it all one day anyhow.” You see your stuff is just temporary and no matter how fond you are of it, it will not last. One day it will all rot, rust or burn.

            The message is this, “don’t get too attached to your stuff, because your stuff does not really matter”.  The Bible teaches that one day, “the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”  The Bible also says that we should seek first the Kingdom of Heaven. The truth is there is no profit to be had in all the gold in the world. It is only the treasure that you lay up in Heaven that really matters.

Douglas Huff

From Down Where The Pavement Ends

You Were Made To Thrive

For the ones who are graduating, congratulations. The God of all creation has made you to thrive and to accomplish great things. God has a high hill for you to climb. Now it is up to you to find that hill and then climb it. People who reach their God given summit have refused to be mediocre. They are leaders who stand out from the crowd and thrive. Here are some things you must know if you are going to stand out from the world.

1. No one owes you anything. Not a free education, not free health care, not a free phone, not a free car, nothing. The people who stand around waiting on free stuff never amount to anything. If you work hard and earn your own way, you will be successful.

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2. Learn the difference between wants and needs. The Bible tells us that if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, all things that we need will be added to us.

3. Never demand anything that you have not earned. If you have not earned it, you do not deserve it. If you want something, work for it. By the way credit is not your friend!

4. Be careful who you trust, not everyone is trustworthy. Let God be your guide. Lean not on your own understanding but always look to God for wisdom.

5. Have respect for everyone, until they prove they do not deserve it. When someone loses your respect, it is their loss not yours. However, you should always strive to be worthy of everyone’s respect.

6. Treat everyone with dignity. Everyone!

7. Sex is for marriage, period! If anyone says differently, they are lying. Marriage is for male and female Period! If anyone says differently, they are lying.

8. Always obey and serve God “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4)

I firmly believe that if you follow these words of advice you will climb the highest hill. Stand on the Word of God, refuse to blend in with the world. Choose to stand out and you will thrive.