We do not always understand the “why’s” of things this side of heaven.

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Ponder a few thoughts with me.

If God were to take away free will, so as to make sure only good things happen at all times, would we then, have the choice to choose Him?

As much as I would love to be free, this side of heaven, of all things evil and wicked, all things difficult and stressing, these very things reveal to me that God, in His infinite love gives us a chance to choose.

And what if, hard things are not as bad as we think they are. So many of us expect God to be like a grandfather in heaven. C.S. Lewis describes it as a “senile benevolence who, as they say, ‘likes to see young people enjoying themselves’ and whose plan for the universe was simply that it might be truly said at the end of the day, a ‘good time had by all’. ”

But don’t we really grow to be men and women of character in a deeper manner through trial and difficulty? Do we not grow greater muscle mass through pain and rebuilding? Remember the slogan “No pain, no gain”? Even David became a great King through trials and difficulties. Abraham Lincoln became a great president through a life time of pain and loss and of getting back up and persevering through the hardships. Great men and women aren’t born great . Greatness was forged through great adversity.

What are you facing today that you really, really want to run from? What is it that you think will make your life easier if it were absent? I am praying that you would hold fast to the only One who can turn all things to good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. In the midst of a dark and evil world, a world full of sickness and hurts, where the choices of other people in their free will and our choices have effected us deeply, may you see the goodness of God in the land of the living. May you, like David, see God’s love for you and Him present with you in the midst. David saw God’s love in the midst of evil men surrounding his home to kill him. IMG_6658 David saw evil for what it was and then saw God for who He is.

Psalm 59:9-10a and 15-17,

” O my strength, I watch for You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving

God. God will go before me…..

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love;

for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble, O my Strength. I sing praise to You; You, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.”

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