We all have times in our lives when we do not understand why God is allowing us to suffer certain problems and events. At times like that we need to remember that God’s ways are not our ways.
GOD MOVES IN A MYSTERIOUS WAY. (Hymn)
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
of never-ending skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
and works His sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
the clouds ye so much dread
are big with mercy, and shall break
in blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
but trust Him for His grace;
behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour;
the bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
and scan His work on vain;
God is His own interpreter,
and He will make it plain.
By WILLIAM COWPER (1731 – 1800)
Think of the Disciples when they saw their beloved Jesus hanging on a cross. Crucified when He had done no wrong. But God the Father had a higher purpose, in what seemed to be a failure. It seemed to be an unfair situation. But it was all part of God’s plan to save mankind. Jesus, in willing obedience to God The Father, had to die on the cross, be buried and after three days be resurrected. We know from reading the gospels in The Bible that Jesus met with many people after He had risen from the dead and before He ascended back to Heaven. Death had been conquered and eternal life was made available to everyone.
Whosoever will may come to Jesus and be saved.
Romans Chapter 10 verse 13 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Eternal life does not only start when we die. When we sincerely accept Jesus as our own personal Saviour and Lord, eternal life begins for us here on earth. It is a different quality of life. Life begins to make sense and there is a feeling of purpose. We begin to feel the love of God, joy and peace in our lives. This leads to us feeling compassion and understanding for other people
If we constantly reject Him, right up until the time we die, our soul will still go on living, but in hell not in Heaven. Hell is a place where souls are permanently shut off from God, with no chance of redemption. Heaven is a place where we are permanently and eternally in the presence of God.
And so we shall be forever with the Lord.
Psalm 23 verse 6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Have you ever had a failure, an unfair situation in your life ? Is life like that for you right now?
Have you ever lived through a time when nothing seemed to go right? Are you going through such a time now?
Hang on! God knows what is happening. Life will not always be like this. This too will pass.
God has a reason and a purpose in everything He does. He knows ‘The big picture’. He knows the future.
Jesus lived a perfect life. He never sinned. He was always obedient to God The Father. He did no wrong but He suffered. The disciples suffered and we may have to suffer too.
Jesus’ words to His disciples. “In the world you will have trouble but do not worry. I have overcome the world.
John Chapter 16 verse 33 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
He knows what you can stand. He will never give you too much to bear. But be aware that satan will try to pull you away from God and away from reading The Bible, praying and mixing with other Christians. Satan will try to make you despair and panic. Satan will try to get at your mind. He will try to make you think that there is no hope and he will try to isolate you. It is easier for satan to tempt you to despair when you feel lonely.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
1 Peter chapter 1 verses 3-9 Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
1 Corinthians 15:51-52
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely, and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family. They have really helpful programmes to help people grow in their Christian life. Their programmes also help you if you are not sure about your faith and want to understand more. They have live interactive programmes too. These are really good if you are lonely, afraid or worried. We all go through times when we need spiritual help. They also have programmes where you can send your prayer requests.
If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net