Purpose in Problems (blog by me)

If the book of Job taught us nothing else, it is that we should admit we (as humans) cannot determine the cause of problems. We cannot trace someone’s illness to their sins. Natural disasters are not necessarily caused by the sin of the land. It could be the Enemy attacking a perfectly innocent person. We can apply our heart to wisdom and see what we can learn from the problem. Ask yourself the following questions. What is at the heart of the tragedy?

Is it rejection? Have you rejected others? Are you in some way rejecting God? What can you do to comfort others who have experienced rejection? How should you pray for someone who is suffering from rejection?

Is it fear? How can you learn to trust God more? What can you do to comfort others who are experiencing fear? Is there a Bible verse that comforts you that can be used to comfort others? What should you pray for those suffering from fear?

Is it anger? Are you angry at God? Have you been honest with Him about your emotions? What steps can you take to forgive those who wronged you? Is your anger godly anger or worldly anger? How can you help others who suffer from anger? How can help bring about justice for others?

Is it sorrow? What is at the root of the sorrow? How can you remind others to have hope? What acts of kindness have relieved your sorrow? What things bring you joy? How can you bring joy to others? What can you pray for those who are experiencing deep sorrow?

Your problems and trials could be the beginning of a ministry. Your ministry could be geared toward others suffering from the same problems as you, but it all starts from simply being honest about your emotions and talking to God about it. We, as humans, all experience the same feelings at one time or another. It is refreshing to connect with others who feel the same way. Ask God to show you the next step in using your troubles and strong emotions to “love one another” (John 13:34).

When Temptation Comes (poem by me)

There was a crafty serpent in the garden,
Too clever to strike his direct target,
He aimed to tempt the wife of Adam,
Then Eve sowed the seed of the devil’s harvest.

Learn the lesson of good and faithful Job,
When his wife told him to curse God and die,
He remembered the grace God had bestowed,
He didn’t sin against the God Most High.

Satan opposed Jesus through Peter’s words,
He tempted the Lord to shrink from death,
Jesus wasn’t enticed to self-preserve,
He loved all mankind with His dying breath.

Beware! Temptation will always comes along,
Remember God’s love, stand firm, and stay strong.

 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”—1 Corinthans 10:13

Say No (poem by me)

When he advances
Even in subtle ways,
Be ready with your “no.”

Even if it’d help your finances,
Say no to the raise,
When he advances.

When it seems innocent though,
Business travel for a few days,
Be ready with your “no.”

Stand firm and take your chances,
Reject his invitation always,
When he advances.

In your heart you know,
You see it in his gaze,
Be ready with your no.

Regardless of the circumstances,
Don’t delay or tiptoe,
When he advances
Be ready with your “no.”

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”—Ephesians 6:10

French Cafe (poem by me)

I own a petite cafe in South France
Overlooking the sparkling azure sea
The apron-clad staff serves some top cuisine
But mainly fine china filled with black tea.

Chef Christopher becomes so furious
No one orders his finely prepared food
Because he poured his heart and soul in it
But the customers are not in the mood.

I console him and say the tourists stress
About the growing size of their own waist
They say his creamy dishes look divine
Even when they refuse to take a taste.

I tell the chef to breathe in the sea air
And remember his wage is more than fair.
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ANALYSIS

"French Cafe" was written as a light fictional poem, but there is more here 
to chew on. On the spiritual level, it echoes the sentiment of the 
parable of the workers in the vineyard. Matthew 20:13 states, 
“But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. 
Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?'" Shouldn't we appreciate the 
opportunity to serve Christ rather than allow pride to stir up anger over 
disappointments? Although we may not all enjoy a creative career on the 
coast of France, we do all have blessings we can choose to focus on in 
our lives. Thanks for reading "French Cafe" and its analysis. Have a 
blessed day!   

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God Is For You

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Christians sometimes go through periods of loss or tragedy. In that time, some of us might ask “Why, God?” or start to think God has turned against us and is causing these terrible things to happen to us. Then, we become angry at God. With anger between us and the Lord, we will begin to feel distant and wonder how we can draw near to Christ. We can get closer to God by remembering the truth of God’s Word.

We all ask it. “Why, God?” The question sounds innocent enough (and sometimes we ask it with a pure heart). But if we really searched our hearts, we would find that most of the time we are really blaming God. By asking, we are insinuating it’s God’s fault for either making this horrible event happen (or letting it happen.)

Is God at fault? God’s way is perfect (Psalm 18:30) so He does not deserve our blame. God works everything that happens for our good. If you are in the regular habit of asking God why He allowed awful things to happen in your life, try to stop thinking “Why, God?” Instead, remind yourself that God is working everything together for your good.

Notice how God did not cause Job’s tragedies. Rather, Satan had launched a full-scale attack against Job! Christians must remember we are at war with evil forces. Satan and his demons still use a variety of tactics in modern day times. The enemy aims to discourage us, distance us from God, and turn some from Him completely.

Christians discuss the importance of faith in God all of the time. In the book of Job, we read about a time when God had faith in a man. In Job 1:8 God said of Job, “….There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” After Satan attacked, we read in Job 1:22 that “…Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”

I think God has faith in you. In fact, I believe He has said something wonderful about you. He is probably proud of the way you handled tragedy and held onto your faith. Consider the reward you have in heaven for overcoming this difficult time while still maintaining a strong love for God.

If we have allowed ourselves to blame God, we might also feel some anger toward Him. Whether you acknowledge anger at God or not, the Lord knows it exists. He loves you and does not want it getting in between you and Him. Anger must be dealt with, and it cannot be managed until it is acknowledged. Take a moment now to think of what lingering anger you have aimed at God.

  • Confess it. Lord, I confess I am angry at you for _______.
  • Ask forgiveness for it. Lord, please forgive me for my unjustified anger. I know You only desire what’s best for me.

It may take some time for deep anger to be completely released, but you are on your way to healing from that unrighteous anger. Try to remember to deal with anger at God as soon as it rises up within you. Never hide it. God knows how you feel, and He is eager to listen and forgive.

Hang in there! God loves you.

Lord, Thank You that You love us so much. Thank You for sending Your Son to die for us and sending Your Spirit to us so that we maintain a supernatural strength in times of loss and tragedy. We praise Your awesome Name. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Click here to watch Chris Tomlin’s “Our God.” It is a great reminder that God is for you.

© 2015 Kim Bond

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