Yesterday, I read a blog entitled Even When I Don't See written by Childofjesus . In her blog she mentions a song by Jeremy Camp entitled "I Still Believe". I love that song! That was the very first son Jeremy Camp wrote after his wife Melissa died of ovarian cancer less than four months after their marriage. She was only 21 years old and he was 23.
There are times we will endure things which we don't understand. We will cry out into the night and wonder why God is leading us on this path. It is then we must ask ourselves this question, will we still believe? This is a question God's people have had to ask themselves over and over again throughout history. Would they still believe, would they still trust God no matter what happened in their lives?
Could they trust that someday the flood waters would be gone and they'd walk about on dry land? Could they trust that they would not be in the desert forever but one day they would indeed dwell in the Promised Land? Could they trust that they would not always be in the wilderness fleeing for their lives but one day they would indeed become king? Would they trust God even as the stones were hitting them and they lay dying?
I have a question. If Christians are never supposed to experience any suffering in this world, why did God allow Stephen to die a cruel and painful death? Was it because Stephen was being punished by God because of some hidden sin in his life? Is that why? This is the man who cried out that He saw Jesus STANDING to receive him! Not sitting at the right hand of the Father but standing...
It is so easy to talk the talk and walk the talk when there is no pain or suffering, when there is no ridicule. It is another thing to do it even in the midst of heartache and suffering. When you don't understand, when your heart is breaking, when you're crying out in pain, when you're abandoned by friends and family... will you still believe?
Great song~ Great blog. Yes, it's easy to praise Him when all is going well. ... Will You Still Believe... a question we must ask ourselves over and over and over... till we see Him face to face!
Thanks K for this blog and message in song.:)Acts chapter 7 and 8 are two of my favorites...love them greatly. If I may: The story of stephen is a complete and total testimony of (Romans 8:28)And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Stephen was called of God to serve and witness (Acts 6) because he was full of faith and the Holy Spirit. We see in Acts 7 that Saul (Paul) was watching and consenting to the death of Sephen by being stoned. Stephen as he was dying looked up and saw heaven opened up and seen Jesus standing (NOT SITTING) at the right hand of God. And Stephen prayed, "Lord, do not charge them with this sin."Â€ (Acts 7:54-60)
Then we go into Acts 8 and Saul meets Jesus and gets his name changed to Paul and becomes a great witness for Christ.
First-Jesus was standing at the right hand of God...we stand up at sports games when it is at the end of the game and the game is close and we cheer on our team... kinda gives me an idea why Jesus might have been standing up and looking down to Stephen. God used Stephen's horrible death to get His will done, to get Paul saved, to get the Bible written, that many upon many would be saved through the life of Paul pointing them to Jesus and teaching others to do so as well.
I loved your message here...yes, would we look to God and still believe that whatever bad is going on in our life can and will be used for good? Excellent question to ask oneself.
AMen Amen!!It is so easy to talk the talk and walk the talk when there is no pain or suffering, when there is no ridicule. It is another thing to do it even in the midst of heartache and suffering. When you don't understand, when your heart is breaking, when you're crying out in pain, when you're abandoned by friends and family... will you still believe?
In times like this is when the rubber meets the road!! Thanks K
Love u AJ