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I have some exciting news to share: I'm in the process of moving my website to a different host. The address remains the same and so the transfer should happen without any issues.
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Thank you for your patience and your understanding.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ,
we are of all men the most pitiable.
(1 Cor. 15:19 NKJV)
"Now where is your God?" is one of the questions unbelievers ask us when things get tough for us. They want to know why this is happening to us. Could it be because we have been bad? They demand an answer why the God we trust in isn't there to help us out of our troubles. They wonder why, if God exists, He is ignoring us.
Could you answer these questions? Today? Now? How about during a time while you are going through tremendous grief, pain and sorrow?
Some of us Christians seem to handle hardships better than others. Could it be because we are in denial over things that are happening to us? Or is it because we are just stronger than others? Do some of us have more faith in Christ? Or can some of us just bear a bigger load?
"My Carmen can handle even that without any doubt." I still recall these words my mom used to tell others when they asked how on earth I could face another miscarriage in my life. Oh yes! Yes, I was strong — on the outside — no problem. But with each miscarriage I lost a bit more of myself.
My mom died in 2011. We didn't have such a close relationship as I wished for, but I loved her. I thought I could get over her death in time, but the pain is still very real to me. Eight years later and I'm still thinking a lot of her. Throughout the year I remember things she used to say and some of the traditions she loved to keep.
What hardships have come along your way? How did you manage to survive and live through them?
"I'm afraid I don't see the baby's heartbeat anymore." What? That can't be! Check the screen again! But it was true... How was I ever able to deal with another miscarriage?
The cell phone slipped out of my hands, and my body sank into the chair. "Mom died." What? That can't be! I had to face reality. How was I ever able to deal with this?
Where do you go from there? What do you answer to the nagging question: Where is God when you need Him?"
The difference lies in this life only vs the hope we have as an anchor of the soul. What hope? That this life is not all there is. If it would be, so the verse says, we are of all the most pitiable. Why would anyone in her right mind trade all the eat, drink and be merry for a miserable life to live and then die and be gone forever? Why not live life to the fullest? Because there is more to it than this life.
The world doesn't believe in eternal life. So they claim that they have to make the best out of the here and now. We, however, cling to the fact that there is more to come in the future. We look forward to the day when:
God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
There shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
The question remains: Where is our God now? Our God is in heaven.
No matter if all is good in life or if you are currently facing hardships, I'm challenging you today to think of this question where God is and to read and meditate on Psalm 115.
Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Where should we look for answers? Who is there to help us decide? How will we know right from wrong? We have to draw near to God.
At times I find it hard to make a choice. What should I wear to church on Sunday? Do I pack the peanut butter and jelly sandwich or the cheese sandwich for lunch? What will I make for dinner tonight? Is there enough milk left for tomorrow, or do I have to make an extra trip to the store to buy more?
How about you? Do you find it hard to make decisions?
It doesn't end here, does it? Sometimes there is money involved. Should I buy the cheaper shoes that I can afford right now, or should I wait and spend more money to buy the branded leather ones? Do I really need a new car or will the one I drive last another two years? How much should I save each month?
And, what about the life-changing decisions? Should I go out with this guy or not? When is it okay to get married? How many children do I want to have? Should I seek a college degree or not? Where should I go to work? Do I accept a full-time job or not after getting married?
Questions after questions, and we are longing for the LORD to answer them, don't we? God is probably not telling us which of the two sandwiches we should pack into our lunchboxes. Concerning a sale, He might not give us the answer right away, and we will need to wait a little bit longer to find out whether we should buy a more expensive item or not. One of the ways God is leading us in our decisions is by sending people into our lives who will give us wise counsel. He can use a friend or sister to guide us (back) onto the right path. The best advice for us to make the right choices in life is found in God's Word. To seek it, we have to pick up our Bibles and read.
We must be aware, though, that the devil is crafty and a deceiver from the beginning. It's no mistake that he is called the father of lies. He always questions God's commands and asks us, "Has God indeed said?" If we give in and reason with the devil then the foundation on which we stand on is shaken. We have to be careful not to fall for the devil's lie. Many times the forbidden food looks so good, so ideal, so pleasant to our eyes that we desire it, reach out, take it, and eat it. The consequences are often devastating and always lead to some sort of death, e.g. death of our marriage, not necessarily death of our bodies but of our health, or the death of an important contract. (see also Genesis 3:1-6)
Yes, God's Word is still relevant today no matter if Satan continues to question it. Sad but true, we need to be aware that the original lie, Has God indeed said?, can even be found in churches at times. Its wording will be different, e.g.
Before any major decision: Pray. Read your Bible. Wait and expect the LORD to answer.