He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. – John 3:14-19
God’s people cannot trust in anyone or anything but the Lord. To do so is idolatry. We cannot assign godlike power or status to created things. God can and routinely does work through his creation. So, Jesus may use a management team, a doctor, an attorney, a judge, an insurance company, a government, a weapon, or an army to heal, protect, deliver, or provide for his people. But it will be his sovereign choice, carried out at his direction. It will not be something we just take upon ourselves because we don’t feel like consulting him or doing things his way. Besides that, we know that all of those things can fail us. It is foolish to give one’s trust to created things that can fail.
I don’t understand why the Lord has led me down this path. I don’t understand why he has allowed these things to happen. Why did he tell me to buy 4 different coal stocks and then have 3 of them file for bankruptcy protection? I don’t know the answer to that.
“Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the Lord of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.” – Isaiah 8:12-13, ESV
I’m really struggling with the idea of having hope for a different future and being content at the same time. These two states of being seem to me to have irreconcilable differences.
“But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:41-42, ESV
Last, I wanted to point out that it would be a terrible shame for me, or for anyone going through a trial and testing, to rebel by the Red Sea. “Our fathers, when they were in Egypt, did not consider your wondrous works; they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love, but rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.” – Psalm 106:7, ESV So, there they stood on the verge of seeing God’s greatest miracle yet, and what do they do? They rebel against him!
My sincere hope for anyone reading this, no matter where you live, is that you will fall to your knees and seek the Lord Jesus Christ earnestly. If you are a Christian who lives in Texas or Oklahoma or other areas experiencing oil and gas related earthquakes, call special prayer services at your church to seek the Lord’s mercy and salvation for your neighbors and communities, and to seek his guidance.
Jesus, Thank you for all you have done for me! You have been so good to me… so much better than what I deserve.
This morning, I woke up and said, “God, I’m desperate for encouragement today. I’m being attacked and I’m weak. I’m scared. I don’t know any more what to do. I’ve been trusting you this whole time, but it seems like it’s getting to a point where I can’t take anymore. It seems like it’s getting to a point that my faith is going to fail. It feels like I’m going to be overwhelmed. I need you to help me today.”