LIFELINES

Trouble is not the time to run away from God

Bettie Marlowe

Posted 9/22/17

One day my little dog ran out of the house, into the street and was hit by a truck. As I hastened to his side, he looked up with pained eyes, but when I tried to help, he growled and snapped at me. …

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LIFELINES

Trouble is not the time to run away from God

Bettie Marlowe

Posted

One day my little dog ran out of the house, into the street and was hit by a truck. As I hastened to his side, he looked up with pained eyes, but when I tried to help, he growled and snapped at me. He ran from me, but seeking comfort, he tried to get to a familiar place, running from the very person who was trying to help.

Does your pain separate you from the love of Christ? Does it make any sense to “get mad at God” when you are the recipient of injury and hurt?

Your relationship with Christ does not have to be affected by your circumstances. His love is sure.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Not for every thing, but in whatever situation, God is there with you and for you.

This was what Paul, who knew exactly what he was talking about, told the Roman Christians. It was a message of victory he delivered — a message he shared also with the Corinth church in 2 Corinthians 2:14: “Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.”

This goes to the verses that are precious to every Christian: “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. What shall we then say to these things? ... If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28, 31 KJV).

We in our human nature, tend to try to place blame, to justify or to explain every situation in which we find ourselves. But, thank God, we don’t have to be responsible for that. We don’t have to find reasons for the distress.

It’s a matter of believing God’s Word and trusting. “Nay, in all the things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us” (Romans 8:37 KJV).

If we are to learn through our trials, it will be God who teaches us with his unconditional love. It is not the place of a Christian to be an accuser, to explain God or diagnose every situation. Surrender to his will is the only calling we have to answer. “Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth” Romans 8:33 KJV).

“Day by day and with each passing moment,

Strength I find to meet my trials here;

Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,

I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.

He whose heart is kind beyond all measure

Gives unto each day what He deems best —

Lovingly, it’s part of pain and pleasure,

Mingling toil with peace and rest.”

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