The Unexpected

Have you heard the saying “life comes at you fast”? Usually that statement refers to some unexpected event or tradegy in ones life. Unfortunately, that is the way life is, unpredictable. The scriptures point out this fact, and warn that we should be prepared for the unexpected. The rich man thought since he had barns full of goods he would just relax, but life came at him fast, and he died. He failed to include God in his plans which was a fatal mistake. The five foolish virgins planned on going to a wedding, but life came at them fast when the bridegroom was delayed. They had not prepared by taking extra oil. Those who were prepared for a delay were taken into the wedding, and the door closed while the foolish were away buying oil.

Life, death, the judgement, are all things the bible says we need to take seriously, because their arrival can, and most likely will, be sudden. If they come at you fast will you be prepared or out buying oil?

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Published in: on November 10, 2009 at 11:10 PM  Comments Off on The Unexpected  
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A God Like That

Sometimes after a tragedy in their lives, people blame God and say, “I don’t want to serve a God like that.” In other words, if God doesn’t do everything the way they desire, they will take their ball and go home.

God shouldn’t allow sickness in my family. God shouldn’t allow my children to be hurt or killed by a drunken driver. God shouldn’t let me lose my job. I prayed about this and my wife died anyway. Often, the people who make those statements are not even trying to serve God but still blame Him for tragedy and problems in their lives. Sometimes those sentiments are expressed by Christians who are overcome by sorrow, guilt or anger and blame the One they need most.

From where do the trials of life come? Why do we die? Is there a reason for all this, or is God just sitting on His throne in heaven being mean?

The fact is that we brought death upon ourselves (Gen. 3:3), and we all die because we all sin (Rom. 3:23). When a dear one dies, God is not punishing us, nor is it His fault, so why blame Him? As sad as it is, death is a part of this life and of the order of things set long ago by God. The only thing that will be accomplished by those who do not want to serve “a God like that” is a death they do not want (Rev. 20:14,21:8).

But why did God tell us to pray if he was not going to do what we asked? That’s dishonest. I don’t want to serve a God like that. Is God a liar? Did He say one thing and do another? What do the scriptures really say in comparison to what we sometimes make them say or want them to say?

Obviously, we are encouraged to pray. Here are just a few of the many scriptures that teach us so:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God (Phil. 4:6).

Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving (Col. 4:2).

Pray without ceasing (I Thess. 5:17).

Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much (Jas. 5:16).

But, the scriptures do not promise unconditional answers:

For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and His ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil (I Pet. 3:12).

And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us (Jno. 5:14), But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering — Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume [it] upon your lusts (Jas. 1:6, 4:3).

I don’t know the mind of God or how He determines answers to prayers. That is for God to know. I do know that our part in prayer is to: (1) be faithful, or – righteous; (2) ask in faith and trust; (3) ask according to His will. It will do us little good to ask Him to violate His own laws. God is always fair in His decisions. We can blame him if we want, but that will only accomplish His just judgment of punishment upon us.

As for me, I want to serve a God like that.

Published in: on November 4, 2009 at 12:21 AM  Comments Off on A God Like That  
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