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The Same Son
7/25/2012

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)

Every tragedy we experience or observe should remind us of just how temporary things are in life, whether it be the loss of a job, a relationship, a catastrophic injury or illness, or even the loss of a life itself.  This week I watched with the rest of the world, as the news reported the killings of 12 people, along with the physical injury to 58 more in a theater in Aurora Colorado by a lone gunman.   

If there is one thing I have learned, it is there will be many things we each will go through in our individual lives—things that can and will challenge us in our faith.  We can find ourselves angry and confused at times, not understanding why God has allowed these things to happen.  As such, we can be tempted to choose to blame God for these things, which will lead to bitterness, or we can take these thoughts captive and instead choose to put our faith in Him and fix our minds on the promises we have been given to us in His Word.  

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

It has been rightly said, “The same sun that melts the wax, hardens the clay.”  I see this to be very true when people go through tragedy, or even a difficult time in their life, as their hearts are either softened and humbled before God, or they are hardened and angered towards Him.  When I am asked, “Why did God allow this to happen?” I will inevitably respond by saying, “I don’t know the answer as to why, but I do know God is in control and has allowed it, and I trust Him.”

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

I believe every tragedy is a reminder to us to remember we are here for just a short time, and then we will enter eternity.  In the scope of eternity our lives are but a vapor and very short (James 4:14).  None of these tragedies are God’s perfect will, but they are His permissive will, but we are given the promise that He will use them for good for those who love Him, and who have been called according to His purpose.  This doesn’t mean these things are good, but that God will use them in some way for good. 

Because we live in a world with sin there will be pain and suffering, but we can be confident there will soon be a time when there is no more pain and suffering.  Jesus came to tell us this message and He endured agonizing pain and suffering so we might live eternally.  His life and message are a bright light shining down upon all mankind, and this gospel message will soften the hearts of some and lead them into a relationship with Him, or it will harden the hearts of others and cause them to turn from Him.  One thing is for sure, it is the same Son shining down upon us this day, and the choice of how we respond is solely ours. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to trust God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 10:10 who should we be angry at for the hurtful things we experience?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God with all of your heart, soul and mind?

APPLICATION: Let’s value every minute of every day, as well as the people we have been given relationships with.  We are only here for a short amount of time, so shouldn’t we be looking to affect eternity by the choices we make today?

LET’S PRAY: Father, we thank You for our very life.  We thank You for the many blessings You have bestowed upon our lives.  Help us to see the big picture and to keep our minds focused upon You.  Father, we lift up every person who was involved in the Aurora Colorado tragedy and ask for You to draw them closer to You.  We pray for Your peace to be given to them and for You to help heal their hearts.   In Jesus’ precious name, amen. 

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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