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Dealing with Pain
We all have our personal soapbox, that topic we never tire of talking about and want everyone to appreciate as much as we do. It could be a sports team, our kids, or a social issue we feel strongly about.
Wanting to persuade others to agree with you is normal. Wanting to share good news or life-saving advice is noble. So why do so many of us avoid sharing the Gospel, the most life-changing news we’ve ever heard?
Silence: What should you do when God seems distant?
It is amazing to meet many people who have pain in their lives that hasn’t been dealt with. Pain is a common experience, but the way we deal with pain differs. Some try to “stuff” it, hoping that it will go away. Others inflict pain on others because people in pain can cause pain for others - an often it is inflicted on those closest to us. Still others deal with pain by “wallowing” in the pain - not dealing with it and making sure everyone else knows of their pain.
If we boil it all down, we arrive at the following options:
Silence is not always golden. In fact, sometimes it is very painful. The psalmist often records a song that begins with a cry to the Lord, asking where He is and why doesn’t he answer. We have all felt that way at times in our lives - when God is on mute. I don’t know what you do and how you process that, but it is an important matter to address in the Christian life. God is not at our beck and call. He is not merely there to respond to our demands and requests. He has other interests in mind; namely His Kingdom. What does that mean exactly?
Preparing for a Worship Service
Have you ever had those “What if” thoughts? What if I could get a better job? What if my marriage was better? What if my children were walking with God? What if I had the means to do something big? And on they go. Many of our “What if’s” are of past regrets. What if I had gone to a different college? What if I had married someone else? What if I had not lost money in the stock market?
Why You Need To Know What God Is Like
Ecclesiastes 5:1 states, “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong”. This causes us to think about how we prepare for worship. In Jewish practice, and the way God set things up, their Sabbath started on Friday at sundown. I wonder how we might begin to prepare for worship the night before our Sunday worship? This seems like it merits consideration, lest we “offer the sacrifice of fools”.
Are You Putting God In A Box
If you watch kids play, you'll catch a toddler feeding baby dolls and putting them to sleep. You'll find someone pretending to shop or talk on the phone. You might even catch some older kids putting on their best grown-up voice as they take the role of teacher or mom in a game of school or house.
Paul tells us in Ephesians 3:20 that God can do immeasurably more than we could even ask or imagine. So if God can and is willing to do immeasurably more, why does it seem like our lives don’t reflect that reality?