Are you in pain?
Feel free to complain to God. You are in good company:
How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
(David – Psalm 13:1)
How long, Lord, must I call for help?
How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?
(the souls of those who have been slain – Revelation 6:10)
Find comfort in Scripture. God doesn’t turn his back on complaints–even if he doesn’t immediately give the answer you want. Rest assured, he hears you. And he cares.
Last week, my friend Dean asked me about pain, “when you’ve prayed for a long time and healing doesn’t come.” How would you answer?
- Keep praying
- God doesn’t care
- Drugs, stronger drugs
Keep praying. God does care. Drugs may help.
Whether you are the one in pain or you are praying for a loved one in pain, first pray that the pain will be a highway to a closer relationship with God, not a wall that stands in the way of that relationship.
Miraculous healing, gradual recovery or continued pain–it’s the relationship with God that matters most.
James 1:2 (NIV)
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds.
When trials come, Lord God, may my words, deeds and prayers work together for joy. Don’t let me be a stumbling block on your highway to holiness.
This week’s quote comes from a fictional character–out of Dale Cramer’s Though Mountains Fall:
“Life is good,” Miriam said, “but it’s never easy.”
Bless Miriam’s wisdom! And Dale’s.
Ever meet people who who think that a smooth path is proof positive that they are doing God’s will?
Careful study of the Bible shows that people who obey God run into trouble. Poor Joseph was sold into slavery and sent to prison. Paul was harassed, beaten and jailed.
Christ had the cross.
Philippians 2:8 (ESV)
. . . he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Do you plan for the best? Or for the worst?
- Things have a way of working out
- Everything that can go wrong, will go wrong
- Be prepared!
- What, me worry?
Some people act as though nothing bad will ever happen to them. Other people assume nothing good will ever come their way. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
Christ calls us to count the cost. Plan. And step out in faith.
I love the book of Esther. It’s a great story–with a none-too-bright king, an evil villain, a trusted adviser and the brave and beautiful queen. The disaster train speeds along, and the villain has the Jewish nation tied to the tracks. Our reluctant heroine, Queen Esther, is advised that she was made queen “for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).
Is there a disaster train speeding toward America? Many people think so.
Lord, give us the hero/heroine we need “for such a time as this.” Amen.
Micah 6:8 (NIV)
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
I wonder: is it humanly possible to walk humbly and run for President at the same time?
The maps in my school books had America front and center. When I pray, I tend to put America’s needs front and center. I pray, Your will be done in America. I am thinking, “Do what’s best for America.”
The Lord’s Prayer reads, “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” What if best for EARTH isn’t best for America?
Your kingdom come, your will be done, Lord.