Archive for April, 2009

No one likes to admit it, but sometimes it takes bad times to really appreciate good times. And while we like to think we are able to learn life lessons when it is easy. The truth is most of us are better because of the struggles we’ve been through.

Romans 5:3-4 tells us there are benefits to tribulation - And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

God doesn’t create evil. Evil and suffering are the result of sin. But God has not abandoned us in the this world of evil. Sometimes He protects us and sometimes He uses the bad for our good. However, when we can’t see God’s hand we can trust His heart and find hope in a promise He made in Revelation 21:4.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

Don’t lose heart. It is not over yet!

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Art Linkletter used to have a segment on his show called “Kids Say the Darndest Things”. Bill Cosby and Linkletter about ten years ago turned the idea into a television series. You never knew how the kids would answer the questions. And more often that not, they would say the funniest things. Children are individuals with minds of their own. The show proved that.

I love my girls and they say some funny things sometimes. They say wonderful things and less than wonderful things too. But as a father, my role is to train them to think and say the right things. I want their obedience, but not at the expense of their ability to think and act on their own. I am not trying to raise robots.

Adults have minds of their own too. God created us this way – with free will. Sadly, some people’s wills are bent towards evil. It takes a loving God to give us the opportunity not to love Him back. But make no mistake, there are consequences now and in the future. And if someone appears to live without accountability in life, they will not miss the accountability in death. The Bible calls that “judgment”.

In Matthew 13:26-30, Jesus tells a parable about a good crop and weeds growing in the same field. The weeds were there because of the enemy. However, the workers had to wait until the harvest to separate the two. The harvest is the day of judgment.

God gives us free will and combines that with His patience. A good thing for us who get off-track and then get back on – otherwise we would experience judgment immediately. But we are left to endure evil in the world until God calls for the harvest. Tell me what you think about this.

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