Have you ever asked God, “Why is this so difficult?!?! If you’re really God, and if you really love me, if Jesus really did die to make me holy, why is this all so difficult???”
A few days ago, I finished the book of Joshua. While not every story tells of an amazing victory, the book leaves the reader feeling optimistic. Yes, the job is not complete and difficulties are to come, but God is powerful and faithful, the people are continuing to press forward, and the enemy is being driven out.
And then Judges starts… and we are immediately confronted with the reality of failure.
The failure is a major one, and so the angel of God Himself appears to rebuke Israel because, while He has been faithful to them, they have not been faithful to Him.
Today was an interesting day. It seems every Sunday ends up being interesting over here, but today was more so than usual.
First, I joined my friend and ministry partner Alex at the local LDS chapel (I have no idea if “chapel” is the right word or not). Alex and I aren’t Mormons, so I should probably explain this. A few weeks ago, Alex had met a couple of missionaries while he was out sharing the gospel. Rather than debating them or challenging them concerning the unbiblical doctrines of the LDS (which is more Alex’s natural style), he felt called to simply share his testimony with them, his story of deliverance from drugs, life-threatening disease, and a life of crime. The two were so struck by his story that they came to church with him the next Sunday. Later, they invited him to join them for their monthly “testimony Sunday” where the pulpit was open for anyone to share. Of course, Alex can’t turn down any chance to share his testimony, even if it means going to an LDS meeting.
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If Josiah was having a difficult day, and I asked him how he was doing, he’d usually think, take a breath, smile, and say something like, “Well, today is difficult… but God is good.”
I always liked that. Honesty about life’s difficulties. Honesty about the reality of God’s character through it all.
Yes, life is sometimes difficult, but even more affirmative is the truth that God is good through it all.
I’ve had a nasty cold for over two weeks now. I hate summer colds. While everyone else is having an awesome time enjoying the weather, I’m stuck indoors sweating and hacking up my lungs while trying to keep the snot where it belongs. I’d like to go on, but you all know what it’s like.
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