No one understands! Have you heard that line before? Perhaps you have spoken those words yourself. I believe one of Satan’s greatest tools for luring people into despair is to introduce the idea that God doesn’t understand my pain, my situation, or my temptations. Yet scripture declares otherwise, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been temped in every way, just as we are—yet without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16. God stands ready, willing, and able to help us…we just need to run to Him. That is our God. And the cool thing is that God invites us to minister to others the same way He ministers us. He wants us to be sympathetic and approachable. He desires us to pursue holy lives free from sin, holding fast to our faith, and He want us to make the pattern of our running towards Him not away from Him.
A few months ago a young boy stepped out of the car as he arrived at Mt. Gilead and declared, “I can smell the fun”. In his eyes camp equaled fun! The great thing about Christian camping is that the fun we have at camp is a fun without regrets. When kids come to camp they learn about Jesus and His desire know them, love them, and lead them. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
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