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Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)
TITLE: A grain of salt
By Ray Roberts
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I began to think to myself can we accept only what we view to be good from the Lord and not the bad. Are we to believe that when life is not going well that it is the enemy of our souls who has somehow brought these events in our lives or is it by the Lord who has allowed these same events?
I began to think on Job, the man who seemed to have it all and was deemed “blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil” (Job 1:1-ESV). But as you read within the first chapter, it is Satan himself who is allowed to “test” Job with the Lord’s “permission”. (Job 1:12-ESV) declares “And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch your hand.”
So let us examine our own lives in context of the above Scriptures. I think as Christians we waste so much time believing that every bad situation that we experience has to be the work of Satan and his minions when many times it is the Lord who is allowing such experiences to make us more like Him. And when I think in terms of faith, how will we know how much faith we really have if we that faith is never tested. Yes, Job was looked at as a blameless and upright man but even Satan questioned God to see if all that he had was taken from him would he not have cursed him. (Job 1:11 ESV)
We must understand that God is always in control of every situation at any given time. Will we understand? No, but that’s also why the Scriptures tell us to trust the Lord. (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV) “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your path”
We must stop trying to figure out all the time what God is doing in our lives and just trust that whatever he “allows” in our lives will work out for our benefit and in the end increase our faith. Sometimes taking all with a grain of salt.
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