What Does God Do When Good People Suffer?

One would think that good people should not have to suffer. That God would honor their virtue with protection and ease, so where is God in all this? There are many answers but here is one to consider.

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers him out them all." Psalm 34:19.

This verse speaks in a matter of fact way and point blank says the good person will have many problems and suffer much. There is no set minimum or maximum, we face many afflictions.

Afflictions are ongoing trials, they are the kind we cannot escape, they follow us and may go on for years.

Our God is the ruling authority who commands all things, none can resist him.  He is able to deliver, there is no situation that is too big for him. It is not that God is not able to help- he is able and he is willing.

The Almighty is not passive but he is active. We think our problems are so big, but God delights in showing us that he is bigger.

The word, delivers, is present tense, the verse does not say that the Lord will someday deliver us from out trials but it says he is now delivering us. His deliverance may be a sudden event or it may be a gradual working, and it very likely will not be what we expect. Deliverance may not be external but internal- a change of character or of understanding. He may not deliver you out of the affliction by deliver you through the affliction.

In our minds we know that God can open the sea and deliver from the lions den or the fiery furnace, but when you experience deliverance it is a teacher that has deeper significance. To experience God's deliverance is to know The Lord in a unique way. We cannot give testimony, or glory to God if we have no experience.

We must go through our afflictions with God, if you do not know the Lord as your Savior see my other blog.

(c)Adron Dozat

What Is The Work Of A Church Leader?

What is the job of Christian leadership? There may be more than one answer but the one that is most overlooked may be the most important.

"We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God' service, in spreading the Gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in the faith." 1 Thessalonians 3:2,  

(To read the entire chapter of 1 Thessalonians 3 click the link for Bible gateway.)

Timothy was a protege of the Apostle Paul and a core leader in the early church. He shared in the Apostle's work, Paul often sent Timothy as his personal representative.

To be called a brother was a common title in the days of the early church, but to be called a co-worker was to receive high praise. The words in this passage are often translated as "God's co-worker."

Timothy's position of leadership was more than any of us are likely to ever attain.

Timothy was being mentored and groomed for great things, so you would think that the jobs that the Apostle Paul would assign his lieutenant would be one of organization and establishing the structure for the foundation of the Church.  He was not sent to fight the battle of culture war or set people right but something more essential.

Paul sent him on a mission but not to build a cathedral or defend the faith in a public debate; he was sent to encourage and strengthen others. He was to meet people and prop them up, he was to lift up and hold up the weak. He was to give courage.

We should speak words of encouragement. We should help give strength to the weak. We should strive to come alongside those who are struggling and help lift their load.

Paul sent the leader he was carefully nurturing on the mission of strengthening and encouraging others, if we are called to be leaders in the church we are called to encourage others and be load lifters.

Why The Gospel Of Jesus Makes No Sense

The Gospel makes no sense from a human point of view, but from God's point of view it comes together.

“God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things to shame the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27. NIV.

The "wise" are the worldly wise who define salvation based on human insights; and with elaborate religious philosophies. They seek a salvation they can boast about, such a salvation needs to be easy to explain, pretty and poetic.

But we cannot resist the wisdom of God. God is always right: he is the supreme Lord and ruler so He has the power to choose as He will. With purpose God chose the "foolish" things to "shame the wise."

One of those "foolish" things is the Gospel of Jesus.

     * We want salvation by our own efforts- God gives it freely.
     * We ignore sin- God pays for our sin Himself on the cross.
     * We want to come to God through steps of disciplines- God came to us, born in a manger.
     * We want exclusive special revelation- God gives the Spirit to all who come.
     * We want to show off our spirituality- God wants to show Jesus in us.
     * We hide our sin- God wants us to confess our sin.
     * We want to earn forgiveness -God wants to gives it freely through Jesus’ death.
     * We want to merit Gods love- but God says we love him because He first loved us.

If the gospel was easy to understand it would be only the result of human thought, but since it comes from the infinite God then it is above our understanding- since God is.

Do not reject the things of God because they sound "foolish." The Gospel says salvation is by trusting God’s promise that He will credit the death of Jesus on your behalf as payment for your sins and give you eternal life- this sounds foolish to many, but it is the "foolishness" of the gospel that make it available to everybody not just the "wise" few. God asks us to accept salvation as a gift; it is not foolish to do so but wisdom for those who have.

To learn more about the gospel see my other blog.

(c) Adron

To read the entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 1 click the link for Bible Gateway.

Does Being A Christian Give You A Sense Of Purpose? 2 Corinthians 5:20

It seems like there are different types of Christians; some are like everybody else but others have exceptional lives. What gives them their passion?

"We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ behalf be reconciled to God." 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Paul had a sense of identity. He didn't think in terms of what he wanted to be or that he will be something someday. "We are" is a statement of fact; it is saying that he already is this, that it is not an option.

An ambassador is someone who represents the interest of another person usually a head of state like a king. Ambassadors have many responsibilities and one would be to accept the surrender in war. Christians as ambassadors represent God to this world, and bring His terms of surrender to those who have rebelled, ending their spiritual warfare and bringing peace.

An ambassador has to know the person they represent. Paul was conscious of God, and yielded himself to him as God's servant, so Paul could speak as if he were speaking on Christ's behalf. He could do this because of his intimacy with the King.

A person needs to be reconciled when they are estranged from another person. To be reconciled is to be brought back together and remove the cause of the division so that it is as if no barrier ever existed.

We need to be reconciled to God because our sins have separated us from God. Jesus became sin for us, so we can be brought back to God and not only that we are given the righteousness of Christ himself.

If you have come to Jesus by faith you are his ambassador. You may be in a neighborhood, a work place, or a community- wherever you are you are an ambassador to those people. The King of Kings has commissioned you to bring the terms of peace with God.

Follow the link to read all of 2 Corinthians 5.

To learn more about how you can come to Christ and have salvation see my other blog.

(c)Adron Dozat