perfect lovingkindness

Previously: blessed be the name of the Lord

Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.We have to have it settled in our hearts, that God is God, He is King and Ruler, may His will be done on earth as it is heaven; that He is good, faithful and merciful, abounding in lovingkindness, and all His judgments are just. He is the benevolent Sovereign of the universe. Tragic and evil things happen every day. How can God witness the suffering of the innocent? I don’t believe He could, unless He had perfect confidence in His ability to bind up the brokenhearted and heal all wounds. Unless He had perfect confidence in His just justice, which will not let the wicked go with impunity. In other words, we have to accept what the Scripture says about Him, as true. Then we can find peace in our own hearts and allow His compassion for suffering to work through us to find a way to alleviate it.

Continued: waters gone by

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blessed be the name of the Lord

Previously: go about doing good

And he said:  “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Loss hurts. Suffering hurts. No one is immune from it. How can we keep our head on straight and our hearts free from bitterness? Take our cue from Job, who, like many of us, did not earn his suffering, but on a single day, lost all his flocks and herds, and all his children, to violence and natural disasters:

Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. And he said:

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Job 1:20-22

He worshiped. He worshiped the One who alone is worthy of worship and praise despite loss, suffering, and trials. ♥

Continued: perfect lovingkindness

man’s choice, and God’s choice

The God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.The most common question asked after a tragedy such as the Oklahoma tornado, is how can a loving God allow such tragedy? The implication is that since such tragedy occurred, God must not be loving. God’s original plan for mankind was a perfect life of ease and bliss in the Garden. God gave mankind the free choice to accept or reject that plan. But He did warn that suffering and death would follow a rejection.

That suffering and death is not God’s will for man. His will was and is the perfect ease and bliss.

That suffering and death is not God’s punishment for man rejecting His plan. It is just the reality of life outside of God’s best. However, even though the rejection, the suffering and death, was man’s choice, God was not content to stand aside and watch him suffer without doing something about it …

Continued in go about doing good

fear not

"Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

Luke 12:32

Do not fear, be worried, or have an anxious mind. The instability in the world reveals how uncertain and fleeting this world really is. It has never been a solid rock or a safe place to put one’s trust. But let each one do his best each day, obey God, work hard with a cheerful heart, and put our trust in Him for the needs of the day. Use what God has already provided today, for there is no guarantee it will be there tomorrow. But God will be there tomorrow, and following His leading will never sell you short or lead you down a blind alley. FEAR NOT LITTLE FLOCK!

seeking first

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 6:33

Every day we open the newspaper or turn on the TV and it seems there is fresh uncertainty and trouble in the world. Listen, this world is not a solid rock. There has always been uncertainty and trouble in one way or another, and there always will be. But do not have an anxious mind. There is one safe and solid place to put our trust, our time, our talents, and our treasure. He is the Solid Rock that cannot be shaken, who will, however, shake all other things not found in Him. ♥

rise up o men of God

Rise up, O men of God! Have done with lesser things! Give heart and soul and mind and strength To serve the King of kings!Rise up, O men of God!
Have done with lesser things.
Give heart and mind and soul and strength
To serve the King of kings.

Rise up, O men of God!
The kingdom tarries long.
Bring in the day of brotherhood
And end the night of wrong.

Lift high the cross of Christ!
Tread where His feet have trod.
As brothers of the Son of Man,
Rise up, O men of God!