Weekly Sabbath Survey
Bad Things Happen — 2-10-2017
As we soldier on in our lives with the Lord, some bad things will happen. –It is a WAR we’re in down here!– Some battles are on the outside and some are inside. How we understand our battles and how we act or react because of them is important. We live in a fallen world. Here are few things that speak to that: Mosquitoes, Poison Ivy, the Flu, Cancer, Auto Accidents, Medical Mistakes, Birth Defects, Robbery, Betrayal, Murder. The list goes on.
Adversity. These are times when things happen, which are beyond our control. They are on the outside. We know God allows adversity at times and we wonder, WHY?
Illness. Sickness and disease can come from both inside and out. They are environmental or biological or emotional. Some cancer is being caused by our polluted Earth. Bad bacteria and viruses are everywhere. We all get a common cold from time to time. We wonder, Why?
Despair. Depression, confusion and many other mental problems come from the inside. Our mental processes may overwhelm our spirit man when we are not in a good fellowship with the Lord or the battle is just exceedingly hot or long-lived. This can lead to major problems and weak faith. We wonder, Why?
A lot of all this is inevitable. It’s just part of the fallen condition of mankind us and our planet. If we do not accept what is going on with us and stand strong in our faith with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are going to be the victim of our circumstances. We must pray for God’s protection, but sometimes God just allows things to happen. The reason is not known to us. One question God almost NEVER answers is “Why?” Mostly, I don’t even ask that any more. It doesn’t matter. We must take each day as it comes. We pray God gives us the strength to get through whatever is going on. We stand against our enemies and the devil, who is the enemy of God. It doesn’t always mean it gets easier, but we can have peace as we endure. We must KNOW the promise of Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and BELIEVE He is still with us.
Scripture says the rain falls on the just and the unjust. In life, we get the bitter and the sweet. And, we can get better or get bitter because of the bad things. We get to choose. If we can still trust the Living God no matter what, the adversities will make us stronger in our faith. My own Mother sustained crippling injuries in a rollover car wreck at the age of 38. She was pretty, healthy and active, and then she was a cripple. She prayed for a miracle, went through painful therapy and surgeries with only a little improvement. For a while, she was defeated and eventually even bitter. But she found her faith again. She got her miracle, but it was not healing. It was a renewed faith and a precious joy, in spite of her disabilities.
We have God-given immunity to disease inside us. But injuries, stress and the aging process can compromise our immunity. We have diminished strength, aches and pains, or we begin to get sick more often and with diseases and syndromes we never had before. But there is still much beauty to behold. There is still God’s own presence, His grace, His forgiveness, His salvation, and His JOY! The Joy of The Lord is our strength! In Him we are made strong in the power of His might.
By faith the saints of old defeated kingdoms, created righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched fires, escaped the edge of the sword, and out of weakness they were made strong; they became valiant in the fight, and put to flight the armies of their enemies. Hebrews 11:33-34
Charlene Reams Manning, Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah
copyright June 2017
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