Why God Why?

Ever wonder why God allows us to go through some things in life? Painful things, hurtful relationships, financial and job woes? Do you, like me, ask “Why, God, why?”

Sometimes God is silent.

I know He hears my cries, but I don’t hear his answer for some reason. Again, I cry out “Why, God, why?”

And again – silence.

It is at times like these that I draw strength and hope from the truth of God’s word and His promises. “I will never leave you or forsake you. “(Joshua 1:4-6). “I will lead you beside still waters.”(Ps. 23:2) He doesn’t say I will always feel his presence, does it? It is an act of my faith to trust that He is near. Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and those who are crushed in spirit.” How much more intimate can you get?

So today, beloved, if you are crushed in spirit, draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Although we may not get our answers when we would like, we know that the Lord is working all things for our good. We may understand at some future time, perhaps when the storm has passed and we are able to see more clearly God’s hand in our lives.

Reach out to a friend in need. Offer words of encouragement and be a blessing. The Lord is mighty to save!

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Why God Why?

Ever wonder why God allows us to go through some things in life? Painful things, hurtful relationships, financial and job woes? Do you, like me, ask “Why, God, why?”

Sometimes God is silent.

I know He hears my cries, but I don’t hear his answer for some reason. Again, I cry out “Why, God, why?”

And again – silence.

It is at times like these that I draw strength and hope from the truth of God’s word and His promises. “I will never leave you or forsake you. “(Joshua 1:4-6). “I will lead you beside still waters.”(Ps. 23:2) He doesn’t say I will always feel his presence, does it? It is an act of my faith to trust that He is near. Psalm 34:18 says “The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and those who are crushed in spirit.” How much more intimate can you get?

So today, beloved, if you are crushed in spirit, draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Although we may not get our answers when we would like, we know that the Lord is working all things for our good. We may understand at some future time, perhaps when the storm has passed and we are able to see more clearly God’s hand in our lives.

Reach out to a friend in need. Offer words of encouragement and be a blessing. The Lord is mighty to save!

God’s Provision during Tough times

As I go through this round of trials, I am amazed at God’s provision in my life, once again reminding me that I am never alone and how much people care and love me. I can barely keep up with all the phone calls and requests to help from friends who are concerned and want to pray for me and bring me food. I am truly blessed and humbled by God’s grace and provision.

Even though I want to make progress and move forward, my body is not cooperating. It’s like the Lord is telling me to “Slow down” and I don’t want to listen or obey. It’s so hard when I am used to being so active and full of energy. Have you been listening to what the Lord is telling you these days? Is He telling you to slow down too? Or perhaps is He telling you to get a move on and pick up the pace?

Whatever trials you are going through today, know that the Lord is with you and He will provide for you in ways you cannot even imagine. Trust in His timing and be patient. This too shall pass, as I always say. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace and help me to comfort others as you comfort me in my pain and time of need.

Please pray for the people in Haiti and give what you can. Every act of kindness is a seed being sown in the kingdom. God bless you as you pray and obey.

God’s Provision during Tough times

As I go through this round of trials, I am amazed at God’s provision in my life, once again reminding me that I am never alone and how much people care and love me. I can barely keep up with all the phone calls and requests to help from friends who are concerned and want to pray for me and bring me food. I am truly blessed and humbled by God’s grace and provision.

Even though I want to make progress and move forward, my body is not cooperating. It’s like the Lord is telling me to “Slow down” and I don’t want to listen or obey. It’s so hard when I am used to being so active and full of energy. Have you been listening to what the Lord is telling you these days? Is He telling you to slow down too? Or perhaps is He telling you to get a move on and pick up the pace?

Whatever trials you are going through today, know that the Lord is with you and He will provide for you in ways you cannot even imagine. Trust in His timing and be patient. This too shall pass, as I always say. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace and help me to comfort others as you comfort me in my pain and time of need.

Please pray for the people in Haiti and give what you can. Every act of kindness is a seed being sown in the kingdom. God bless you as you pray and obey.

In Tough Times

We all go through tough times: times when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, when we don’t understand how we even got there, and when God seems so distant.

It is in those times, that I cling to God all the more tightly. I press in. I want understanding. I want to hear what God is trying to say to me. “Lord, show me what I have done wrong. Teach me what you want me to learn through this situation. Forgive me. Have mercy on me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness,” is my prayer.

Amidst the darkness and in the valleys of life, the Lord is always with us. He promises he will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5). He will walk with us through the valleys.”Yea though I shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me,” (Psalm 23:4).

When you are going through tough times, hold on to the Lord, our Protector, our Mighty Fortress, our Rock. Remember his promises, and look forward to His reward. “Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double portion of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land and everlasting joy will be yours.” (Isaiah 61:7)

In Tough Times

We all go through tough times: times when we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, when we don’t understand how we even got there, and when God seems so distant.

It is in those times, that I cling to God all the more tightly. I press in. I want understanding. I want to hear what God is trying to say to me. “Lord, show me what I have done wrong. Teach me what you want me to learn through this situation. Forgive me. Have mercy on me and cleanse me from all unrighteousness,” is my prayer.

Amidst the darkness and in the valleys of life, the Lord is always with us. He promises he will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5). He will walk with us through the valleys.”Yea though I shall walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Thou art with me,” (Psalm 23:4).

When you are going through tough times, hold on to the Lord, our Protector, our Mighty Fortress, our Rock. Remember his promises, and look forward to His reward. “Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double portion of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land and everlasting joy will be yours.” (Isaiah 61:7)

A Recent Test on Waiting

God continues to amaze me with how He works in my life. Recently, I have been questioning whether I am not hearing from God correctly or missing what He is trying to say to me. But an episode a few days ago gave me back some of my much-needed confidence.

Having taken a walk to the nearby Town Centre near my house, I had overdone the activity for being recently hospitalized. Exhausted and carrying several shopping bags I bemoaned the fact that I needed to walk back up the hill to my home, carrying my load of purchases.

“Sit down on the bench and wait.” I heard my inner voice tell me; that inner voice is otherwise known as God in my book. So I plopped myself down on the bench and called my youngest son to see if he was in the area by any chance and could give me a lift. No luck.

While talking to him, a stunning burgundy car pulled up in front of me. As I commented on the nice vehicle to my son,the man behind the wheel waived to me. Taking a closer look, I saw it was my next door neighbor, Dave. Excitedly, I jumped up from the bench, and headed to the car.
“Need a lift?” Dave asked.
“I sure do! What a blessing you are! God told me to sit here and wait, and here you are!”
“Who?” Dave said.
I smiled to myself as I settled into the warm car with all my grocery bags.
We chatted about his car and soon arrived at our apartment complex. We both lived on the 5th floor and the hallways are very long.
“Need some help carrying those bags?” Dave asked. Normally, I would have declined, but being weakened by a recent illness, I was quick to comply. “I’ll leave them by your door,” Dave said.
Wow, Lord, you are so awesome. Thank you for sending Dave to give me a ride. I guess I must be listening to you after all.

A Recent Test on Waiting

God continues to amaze me with how He works in my life. Recently, I have been questioning whether I am not hearing from God correctly or missing what He is trying to say to me. But an episode a few days ago gave me back some of my much-needed confidence.

Having taken a walk to the nearby Town Centre near my house, I had overdone the activity for being recently hospitalized. Exhausted and carrying several shopping bags I bemoaned the fact that I needed to walk back up the hill to my home, carrying my load of purchases.

“Sit down on the bench and wait.” I heard my inner voice tell me; that inner voice is otherwise known as God in my book. So I plopped myself down on the bench and called my youngest son to see if he was in the area by any chance and could give me a lift. No luck.

While talking to him, a stunning burgundy car pulled up in front of me. As I commented on the nice vehicle to my son,the man behind the wheel waived to me. Taking a closer look, I saw it was my next door neighbor, Dave. Excitedly, I jumped up from the bench, and headed to the car.
“Need a lift?” Dave asked.
“I sure do! What a blessing you are! God told me to sit here and wait, and here you are!”
“Who?” Dave said.
I smiled to myself as I settled into the warm car with all my grocery bags.
We chatted about his car and soon arrived at our apartment complex. We both lived on the 5th floor and the hallways are very long.
“Need some help carrying those bags?” Dave asked. Normally, I would have declined, but being weakened by a recent illness, I was quick to comply. “I’ll leave them by your door,” Dave said.
Wow, Lord, you are so awesome. Thank you for sending Dave to give me a ride. I guess I must be listening to you after all.

When God is Silent

We all have unanswered prayers; requests for God to intervene in our lives and deliver our long-awaited desires or meet a desperate need of some sort. We have faith in God. We know he hears us.

But what do we do when our prayer is not answered? Days, months, perhaps even years go by and still we pray the same prayer and still no answer from the Heavens.

Continue to seek God, search our hearts and do good, that’s what. Focus on what God has called us to do and stay hopeful. Did I say this was easy? No. But that’s where faith comes in. When everything looks hopeless, and you’ve exhausted all your resources. When the doctors don’t know what to do and neither do you. Cling to God. Cry out to Jesus. And then wait. Like the woman with the issue of blood or the Centurion soldier, have faith. Faith as tiny as a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).

Today as you wait on the Lord to answer your prayers, have faith and pray. “The fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16). And then get ready for God to give you the desires of your heart!

When God is Silent

We all have unanswered prayers; requests for God to intervene in our lives and deliver our long-awaited desires or meet a desperate need of some sort. We have faith in God. We know he hears us.

But what do we do when our prayer is not answered? Days, months, perhaps even years go by and still we pray the same prayer and still no answer from the Heavens.

Continue to seek God, search our hearts and do good, that’s what. Focus on what God has called us to do and stay hopeful. Did I say this was easy? No. But that’s where faith comes in. When everything looks hopeless, and you’ve exhausted all your resources. When the doctors don’t know what to do and neither do you. Cling to God. Cry out to Jesus. And then wait. Like the woman with the issue of blood or the Centurion soldier, have faith. Faith as tiny as a mustard seed can move mountains (Matthew 17:20).

Today as you wait on the Lord to answer your prayers, have faith and pray. “The fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16). And then get ready for God to give you the desires of your heart!