I was going to call this blog "The Accordion...", but after feeling so stressful, I decided to interlude in the world of stress! Now stress is a major epidemic in todays 'civilized' society! Let's checkout old Job from way back and he had stress, Job 10, ["... I am disgusted with my life. I will express my complaint and speak in the bitterness of my soul. 2 I will say to God: Do not declare me guilty! Let me know why You prosecute me. 3 Is it good for You to oppress, to reject the work of Your hands, and favor the plans of the wicked?..."] And Job is tired of living and disgusted with life and accuses God telling him, "On whose side are you on...?!" And I flipped through the giant reference bible in the library. I look up and look at the promo to sponsor a child on the web. What a noble thing to do, to sponsor the life of someone else!!!... And Bildad the Shuhite answers Job berfore he goes over-board in his words against God. And we feel this way sometimes, really asking God, why the trouble in my life?... ["...1 Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: 2 How long will you go on saying these things? Your words (A) are a blast of wind. (B) 3 Does God pervert justice? (C) Does the Almighty pervert what is right? (D)..."] And sometime the temptation is to judge the wisdom of God in the fire of our trial and really question his sanity! What an apportunity for the devil!!! The revile God... ["...31 then You dip me in a pit [of mud], and my own clothes despise me! 32 For He is not a man like me, that I can answer Him, (A) that we can take each other to court..."] And we want sue God a really get legal with him! Isn't God loving and kind and merciful, then why am I in this mess??? Probably after a divorce or lost a longheld job or are ill and in pain and God seems to be out playing golf with Elijah and Moses somewhere!!! Now this is not fair!!! Why have you made me so. Genesis. And forget me so. I don't the bible verse for that but I'll find and take you to court God!!! What a terrible deal I'm in! My dear freind God has abandoned me! And has he and he told you that??? And let's have a happy ending, Job 42:1-7, ["... 1 Then Job replied to the LORD: 2 I [a] know that You can do anything and no plan of Yours can be thwarted. (A) 3 [You asked,] "Who is this who conceals [My] counsel with ignorance?" (B) Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. (C) 4 [You said,] "Listen now, and I will speak. When I question (D) you, you will inform Me." 5 I had heard rumors about You, but now my eyes (E) have seen You. 6 Therefore I take back [my words] and repent in dust and ashes. [c] 7 After the LORD had finished speaking [d] to Job, He said to Eliphaz the Temanite: "I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken the truth about Me, as My servant Job has..."] Now sometimes the Lord bring trials on us, not test us, but whether the gospel has any friends!!! When you were sick did someone fast for you and really supplicated God for you??? And why does God want to see this??? ["...5 Can you play with him like a bird or put him on a leash [a] for your girls? 6 Will traders bargain for him or divide him among the merchants?..."] Will you value your friend to give him his bride from your children or will you sell him away like the brothers of Joseph sold him to traveling camel merchants??? Quite a contrast of honor. And Jesus say of of the Righteous, "I was in prison and you came to me, I was hungry and you gave me meat, I was naked and you clothed me, and I was thirsty and you gave me drink...!" What a freindship that is and that's the kind freinds Job wanted to have his freinds be. The biggest distress was what his freinds did not do for him... May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
What a contrast of praise from God servant David, 1Chronicles 17:20-22,
["...20 LORD, there is no one like You, and there is no God besides You, as all we have heard confirms. 21 And who is like Your people Israel? God, You came to one nation on earth to redeem a people for Yourself, to make a name for Yourself through great and awesome deeds by driving out nations before Your people You redeemed from Egypt. (A) 22 You made Your people Israel Your own people forever, and You, LORD, have become their God. (B)..."]
What a foreknowledge to say about God in lieu of what was foretold would happen to him on the Cross by the very people he redeemed from Egypt?!...
And I looked at the bible reference and came across the children again that need sponsorship! Why do we need a Haiti to sponsor a child who has been hungry for long time before we heard about it on the news???!!!
And God says through David, "And who is like Your people Israel?..." And yes stress like an accordion, we are pressed together and we play one tune and then stress out and then we play another and be double minded and say one thing and say another and then do in the end a still another thing or forget all about what we said in the first place, like a city with no gates, the enemy comes and goes to our place as he pleases
and we have no control and no decipline, accomplish nothing and no real conviction on anything in the end but fool ourselves and others and we can not see the end of the tunnel! There's no light and not a way out! Who will redeem us from this stress and pray like Daniel with fasting and mourning that our God might have mercy on his people?!...
May you be blessed. Amen.