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Does God seem mean to you sometimes? Accusing God is a lie the enemy has been perfecting since his garden days. This is what I do when faced with confusing feelings about God...


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God’s not Mean

During times like these, where tragedy  is falling consistently upon humanity with floods, earthquakes, shootings, and other violence, Internet trolls love to make fun of God by posting demeaning statements about Him.     Beth Moore, in her recent simulcast, said that when bad things happen, people tend to fill in the blanks with one of two things:  God is mean, or my life is meaningless.

 

Does God seem mean to you sometimes?  Accusing God is a lie the enemy has been perfecting since his garden days.   This is what I do when faced with confusing feelings about God...

With all the negative noise, sometimes it is hard for a follower of Jesus to not get a bit distracted.  I will never forget the funeral of a beloved husband, where his wife was A-N-G-R-Y at God.  In her grief she blamed God for not answering her prayer of healing for her one-and-only love.   She was bold in her fist shaking, unlike those who tuck disgruntlement toward God into the heart in order to appear strong, but silently holding a grudge.    Sorrow catches all of us off guard.  It rarely gives warning, and if it does, we are never ready for it….EVER.   We just have to be careful that the unanswered WHY that sorrow brings doesn’t create a barrier between us and God.   Pssst…that’s just what the enemy is counting on.

The key to passing through the fire with purity of heart, is found in the example of Job in the old testament.  Job lost a lot.  He lost all of his children.  He lost all of his wealth.  He lost his health.  And Job lost the support of his wife.  She advocated suicide.  And what did Job do when news of sorrow reached his ears?  He fell down on the ground and worshiped.  Job 1:20-22  He worshiped because he knew the God He served.   He knew.  In contrast, my prayers of sorrow begin with me.  Me, me, me.  But Job celebrated the fact that God is worth his worship, even while in extreme pain.

This is where scripture comes in.  What does scripture say about God as opposed to the lies of the enemy?  How can I know  my God, just as Job did?

I have prepared my Bible for the day when I am faced with emotions of confusion…for the day when the enemy accuses God of misdeeds.  This helps me take captive every false thought. 2 Corinthians 10:5   This helps me know who I believe in.

Here are a few pictures of scriptures from my bible.   I have made these easy for me to find, even through tears.

Does God seem mean to you sometimes?  Accusing God is a lie the enemy has been perfecting since his garden days.   This is what I do when faced with confusing feelings about God...

God’s own words describing Himself.  Exodus 34:6-7

Does God seem mean to you sometimes? Accusing God is a lie the enemy has been perfecting since his garden days. This is what I do when faced with confusing feelings about God...

Exodus 34:6-7

Does God seem mean to you sometimes?  Accusing God is a lie the enemy has been perfecting since his garden days.   This is what I do when faced with confusing feelings about God...

2 Timothy 6:15-16

Does God seem mean to you sometimes?  Accusing God is a lie the enemy has been perfecting since his garden days.   This is what I do when faced with confusing feelings about God...

Yellow representing unapproachable light.  2 Timothy 6:15-16

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Turning the Other Cheek When Life Slaps You in the Face

What you do next is pivotal. And you will do something. It will be automatic. A person can’t just sit around twiddling thumbs. At times like these we are made for action.

You know how when you are trying to be a good Christian and not stress over something that is potentially serious, potentially life-changing? When you are walking along in your daily doldrums, and suddenly, you get some kind of jaw dropping news…the conclusion has not been delivered, the outcome is yet to be determined?You fill in the blank with specifics.Do you have something in mind?  You wonder how the apostle Paul could possibly say that you not be anxious about anything?

What you do next is pivotal. And you will do something. It will be automatic. A person can’t just sit around twiddling thumbs. At times like these we are made for action.

You have two possibilities:
Number 1.. Pick it up, bear it, strain under it, tuck it into your backpack with all the rest of the stresses you need to compartmentalize or…
Number 2…Hand it over, lift it up, pass it on…that steaming, fiery coal that held too long makes you squirm with discomfort.

But sometimes in the real world things are not so cut and dried. If y’all are like me, you get scared and panic…think of worst case scenarios (uh, that would be Number 1)…and before I know it I am in full tilt anxiety mode. Then, and only then, I move to Number 2 because I can’t stand the suffering anymore. Wouldn’t it be great to go straight to Jesus instead of putting myself through all that? Sigh! I am glad I have beautiful people in my life who can go before me with singing, showing me what living lite looks like.

What you do next is pivotal. And you will do something. It will be automatic. A person can’t just sit around twiddling thumbs. At times like these we are made for action.

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