Good bye “WHY” 10-16-18
How many times in our Christian lives have we had things happen to us that we just don’t understand? We often ask “why” did this happen. If you are like me the answer is, many times. Sometimes we see things happen that seem to be contrary to the Word of God. This is especially true when we see “good” Christian people die while yet young or we see people battling sickness. Often times these things happen at those times in our lives when we are either trying to grow in our Faith or we are already beat down. Satan, the author of “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10), brings this upon us as a distraction.
In these cases if we don’t get the “why” answered people will start going backwards in their Christian walk. They quit going to church, they quit reading their Bibles, they quit praying, and their choice of friends often times will change. When you don’t get the “why” resolved people will start to blame God for everything negative in their lives. If we don’t get the “why” answered this is usually the path our lives will take.
Satan is the author of distractions and as we read in Eph 6:12, our struggle is not against Flesh and Blood but it is against the spiritual forces of evil in this realm we live in. We need to keep this in mind and put our focus on our Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.
3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
James 4:7-12 (NKJV)7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The answer to “WHY” in times of any kind of trouble or conflict we need to stay focused on God. We need to be steadfast in him. We need to trust God and submit ourselves to Him even when we don’t understand. We must always believe the Word and allow our Faith to work out our Belief.
Proverbs 3:5-8 (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil.
8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.
May our Lord Jesus grant you each Peace and Understanding!
Chet Wiswell, Elder
Every so often we read about someone who has been in prison for decades or of someone who awakens from years in a coma and have no awareness of the many advances and changes in society. They will have much adapting to do to make up for those lost years. The plot of a popular TV program has a plane of passengers who arrive at an airport and are told they have been missing for 5 years. They have to adapt to the changes in the world that have occurred during their mysterious disappearance. The interpersonal dynamics and the adjustment of their habits and ideas cause the viewer to think more deeply of one’s own situation.
Adaptation involves adjusting modifying, varying and altering one’s ideas and behavior almost constantly. In sports it is especially critical. No morning drive to work is ever exactly the same because of circumstances beyond our control. Change seems to be the only constant. Most humans can alter their actions and speech as quickly as the situation demands. It is the big changes like rejection, divorce, loss and death that can disrupt this ability.
Far beyond my pay grade is the understanding of genes, chromosomes and DNA. But even a layman can see that within the “kinds” that God created ( Gen 1:20-21) there is built into the genetic code for each one a way to adapt and modify into various species. We can easily see this in the dog and cat groups. There is, however, the fixity of “kinds” so that one does not evolve into a different type of “kind.”
God also built into our soul the possibility of adaptation. We can alter our minds ( Roma 12: 2) to adapt the new goals mentioned in Philippians 4: 8-9. While remaining a citizen of an earthly country ( Rom 13: 1-7) we can transition to our real citizenship in heaven. ( Php 2: 19-20) Once we commit to setting our mind on things above we can allow the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to adapt to our new identity. ( Eph 3: 16-17) Obviously there will be troubles along the road to eternity. ( Jn 16:33) ( Mt 6:34) However, if we can become good at making adjustments on the fly in our secular life, we can also learn to adapt our thoughts and behavior in the spiritual realm through divine help. ( Jas 5:3) ( 1 Pe 5:7)
Posted by Jery Bailey, Elder
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Mark 4:21-25 (NIV)21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? 22 For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”
24 “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. 25 Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
It seems to me that we need to find that balance in life between hearing God and taking care of life’s business. The scripture says that we need to “be still, and know that I am God”. Sometimes I get so busy at work that before I realize it, the day is over and I am tired. That is especially true this time of the year with harvest going on, we are planting wheat, and school activities are going strong already. I know that I need time each day to meditate and soak in God’s word. Taking time to relax and get into the word is important and it is healthy for one’s soul and physical body.
So, I would encourage you to take time each day and try to start the day in the Word of God. Try to be steady and be consistent. Sometimes it isn’t how much we read but rather the fact that we are reading the word each day as a commitment to ourselves and to God. We are told that if we have ears we need to hear (the word of God). It says in Psalms 46:10, that He will be exalted on the earth. We should probably just get started doing what he says will ultimately happen.
Blessings to you all in the Lord, for He is our God. May He be exalted in our lives.
Chet Wiswell, Elder
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