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We Speak of Him

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“Why on earth did You allow that to happen?” A question posed to God on a pretty regular basis with me; especially in the wake of the recent news reports. I don’t even watch the news but it’s so horrific that it’s a part of the conversation in every venue of life. So I’m pondering that question again today… “Why God? What could possibly be the purpose?” We know Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  We know the breakdown of it (all things work) not all things are. All things are not good. When people are born sick, killed in a senseless act of terrorism, there is no good in that. So this morning I ponder again, “Why?”

It took me 3500 years to get it… I guess I’m kind of slow.

Romans 9:17-23

17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Three types of news spread like wild fire on a dry windy day.

  1. Tragedy
  2. Miraculous epic events
  3. Absolute lies.

So to Pharaoh God said (to Shari quote it) “I made you who you are, because people would tell your story, even though technically… it’s My story.”

The history of the Exodus and the continual provision for the Jewish Nation of God is an ongoing saga and one that captivates the world. Saved and unsaved alike have a fascination in the lives of Israel because they are the chosen people of God. Their story has been filled with tragedy and miraculous epic events that are worthy of sharing… and in so doing… there are conversation of God.

So what does that have to do with the tragedy of the day in the news?

Read on weary pilgrim…

Vs. 18-23

Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

The news:

  1. Tragedy
    • In tragedy we seek God to make sense of the unimaginable and we speak of Him.
  2. Miraculous epic events
    • In miracles we acknowledge God for the unexplainable and we speak of Him.
  3. Absolute lies
    • God may be unexplainable, but He is most certain undeniable. And we speak of Him.

If the world were rotating in perfect harmony, no sickness, no heartache, no unexplainable or unimaginable events…. Would we seek Him or speak of Him? No. Adam and Eve are proof. So in the heartache of it all, God allows (He does not create the chaos – we do that) but allows it so that we will see the only steadfast controlling factor of the universe is He Who created all. And we’ll speak of Him.

Speak of Him today…

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Caution! God at Work

Heartache and sorrow are never in short supply. Turn on the news or scroll through a few Facebook posts and you’ll see every shape and kind from local, national to world levels. Some of them created by nature, others self-inflicted, many just happenstances of life, but all with purpose. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

All things work…

Life is a process. It is seldom seen until afterwards the intricate details that God worked into and through a circumstance in life to bring a specific event to pass. But it’s always amazing! Words that I gleaned from Psalm 46:1 this morning is “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” God is always present, but in times of trouble He is “very present!” That’ll put a shout in your soul! He is as close as a breath away waiting for you to run into His arms (our refuge) and allow Him to carry the burden (our strength). It is not by accident that we turn to God in times of duress. The Bible is full of examples of both times when God used struggles to turn a wayward soul back to Him or allow a discouraged soul to see His power.

Our lives are much like a construction site, but rather than seeing the sign “men at work” you’ll see the sign “God at work.” He makes His presence known. He’ll place barriers to prevent you from going over a cliff (or making a bad decision). He’ll create a mudslide of events that will have you on a fast slope that seemingly leads to nowhere, only to have you end up standing somewhere thinking, “Wow, that’s my God!” That invisible hardhat you’re wearing is the helmet of salvation. You see, God takes care of His own…

 “To them that love God” there is a purpose in all things.

What if you don’t know God? Then you need a hardhat!

  1. ~ Admit you’re a sinner and you have a debt to pay. – Romans 3:23
  2. ~ Believe that Jesus paid that debt, once and for “all”. – Romans 6:23
  3. ~ Confess (meaning to agree) that Jesus was crucified for your sin, arose the third day and now is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for you. – Romans 10:9-10
  4. ~ Decide. Heaven or Hell. It’s that simple.

God did not promise there would be no heartache in the lives of those who serve Him. But He did promise He’d be a very present help! Woohoo! It’s great having a friend in a high place. Do you know Him?