April 19th, 2017

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Perhaps the most difficult time in a believer’s life is when circumstances and events of extreme nature occur creating crisis moments of wondering, “Where is God in all of this?”  Why is it that God sometimes miraculously answers prayers in certain situations yet seems to be non-existent in others?  Why do bad things happen to good people?

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The answer to these most difficult questions are not easily explained but found in the life of one who has learned to trust the Creator who is supremely sovereign over all. Could it be as simple as God desires us, His creation, to be ever so dependent on Him in all circumstances?  Could it be more about the journey through life and the strengthening of our relationship with God that matters more than what this world has to offer?  Could it be about deepening and strengthening our relationship with family and other believers?  Could it be about directing our focus on things of eternal Significance?  Could it truly be about what Jesus Christ himself said in Matthew 6, “Store up for yourself treasures in Heaven for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

When believers choose to trust God through valleys of crisis when things just don’t make sense, they shift the unknown, fear and burden onto a God who can do immeasurably more than we can even imagine (Eph 31:6).  We put the outcome of our situation in God’s hands who promises He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Deut 31:6)  By putting our hope and faith in God, it pleases God, for the scriptures say “It is impossible to please God without faith and He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Heb 11:6)  This unnatural decision by a believer will brings God’s promised Peace.  When we willfully empty ourselves of stress and control, God has room to pour His abundant peace and presence into us and our situation.

Perhaps the most notable display of this faith and trust in God was when 3 Israelites in the Old Testament were ordered to bow down and worship King Nebuchandnezzar or be thrown into a blazing fire. Before being thrown into the fire they said, “The God we serve is able to save us from the fire and He will rescue us from your hand, but even if he does not, we want you to know oh King, we will not serve your Gods or worship you.” (Daniel 3)

Though faith in Jesus Christ, we are assured of eternal life in heaven.  Have you trusted Him as your Savior? Will you?

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