Monday, September 20, 2010

Why?

{ if you are here from the B90Days check-in, that post is below! but feel free to read both! }

Why?

Do you ever ask God that question...why?

I have found myself asking Him that question a lot these past couple of days.

"Why did you let this happen?"

"Why didn't you do something to help stop it from happening?"

"Why couldn't you perform a miracle, a healing, for them?"

"Why do bad things happen to good people?" {I actually found the answer to this question in Romans 3:10-18 while searching the web this morning. It says: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” }

We are all sinners. I understand that, but why do some people go through more hardships than others?

A friend of my just went through an awful loss. A loss I have never {thankfully} experienced. A loss noone should ever have to experience, but they do.

This friend had such an enormous amount of faith and peace surrounding her whole situation. Faith that I don't think I would have had if I were in the same situation. I truly believed God was going to see her through and perform many miracles in her life. I truly believed, that because of her faith, it was all going to turn out well.

But, the unimaginable still happened.

Why?

This is a question that I believe God will never give us a clear answer to here on earth. Everything that happens, happens for a reason. It is all part of His plan! "For I know the plans I have for you." says the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I believe He also allows these things to happen to draw us closer to Him. To need Him in ways we never thought we would. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

He wants complete and total trust, from us! He doesn't want us to worry about all the Why's in life. He has it all under control.

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

I still may not fully understand why she had to suffer such a devastating loss. I may not understand why so many children are suffering in this world. {aren't they the innocent ones?}  But I do know that God is in control. He has a perfect will and plan for her/their life. He doesn't want any of us to fall away from Him during times of suffering, but to draw nearer to Him {and to draw nearer to those that are suffering and need comforted the most!}. He will provide us with comfort and peace like we never dreamed or imagined!

I will lift her up in prayer as well as many others who are suffering through the why's in life. As a sister in Christ, it is my duty to lift my fellow brothers and sisters up in prayer. God still hears our prayers. He will bring peace and healing to their lives. He loves them unconditionally. Our God is awesome. Let us never forget that!

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. (Matthew 21:22)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Dear Gracious Father, you know the hurting and the pain my friend is going through. I pray that you will bring her peace and comfort. Help her and her family to feel your warm, loving, arms wrapped ever so tightly around them. I pray that her faith has remained the same; so very strong! I pray she finds comfort in the prayers and encourging words and acts of love from her friends and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that you will help me to not question you when I see or hear of the awful things being done to those that seem so undeserving of it. Instead, help me to turn to my knees and lift them up in prayer. To turn to you instead of away from you. Thank you Jesus for loving us still and always offering us peace, healing, and love. In Your Precious, Holy, Name, I pray, Amen!



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PhotobucketI cannot believe that in TWO WEEKS I will have read through the entire Bible! I am excited and thrilled to be so close to reaching my goal.

Reading the entire Bible is something I have always desired to do as a Christian, but never succeeded!

I am still a little behind, but since putting my new reading plan into affect, I am catching up and will finish on time! {woo-hoo!}

Congrats to those of you who have already completed! What an accomplishment! I am sure you  have grown so much in your relationship with Jesus Christ, just as I have!

To those of you who are moving right along and plan to finish on October 2nd, I can't wait to cross that finish line with you in two, very, short, weeks!

To read where others are in this challenge, or to congratulate those who have already finished, head on over to Mom's Toolbox!

I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! ~ Deuteronomy 32:3

3 comments:

  1. I look forward to graduating with you as well! You can finish!!!
    I have had a lot of "why" moments in my life as well. I try to keep in mind that:"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good" Romans 8:28.
    Happy reading!

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  2. I love your thoughts. I wrestled with that same issue when we lost our daughter and I had multiple miscarriages. For a control freak like me, it was a TOUGH lesson. I'm praying for your friend. And...keep on reading!! We're almost there!!

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  3. Amy,
    I have thought the same thing. My friend from church lost her sweet precious 8 month old baby girl just out of the blue. She has written a blog that has helped us all so much although I am sure it has helped her too. I don't know what happened to your friend, but I have found encouragement from my friend Cari (http://andyandcari.blogspot.com/).

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Why?

{ if you are here from the B90Days check-in, that post is below! but feel free to read both! }

Why?

Do you ever ask God that question...why?

I have found myself asking Him that question a lot these past couple of days.

"Why did you let this happen?"

"Why didn't you do something to help stop it from happening?"

"Why couldn't you perform a miracle, a healing, for them?"

"Why do bad things happen to good people?" {I actually found the answer to this question in Romans 3:10-18 while searching the web this morning. It says: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” }

We are all sinners. I understand that, but why do some people go through more hardships than others?

A friend of my just went through an awful loss. A loss I have never {thankfully} experienced. A loss noone should ever have to experience, but they do.

This friend had such an enormous amount of faith and peace surrounding her whole situation. Faith that I don't think I would have had if I were in the same situation. I truly believed God was going to see her through and perform many miracles in her life. I truly believed, that because of her faith, it was all going to turn out well.

But, the unimaginable still happened.

Why?

This is a question that I believe God will never give us a clear answer to here on earth. Everything that happens, happens for a reason. It is all part of His plan! "For I know the plans I have for you." says the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:11)

I believe He also allows these things to happen to draw us closer to Him. To need Him in ways we never thought we would. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

He wants complete and total trust, from us! He doesn't want us to worry about all the Why's in life. He has it all under control.

Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)

I still may not fully understand why she had to suffer such a devastating loss. I may not understand why so many children are suffering in this world. {aren't they the innocent ones?}  But I do know that God is in control. He has a perfect will and plan for her/their life. He doesn't want any of us to fall away from Him during times of suffering, but to draw nearer to Him {and to draw nearer to those that are suffering and need comforted the most!}. He will provide us with comfort and peace like we never dreamed or imagined!

I will lift her up in prayer as well as many others who are suffering through the why's in life. As a sister in Christ, it is my duty to lift my fellow brothers and sisters up in prayer. God still hears our prayers. He will bring peace and healing to their lives. He loves them unconditionally. Our God is awesome. Let us never forget that!

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. (Matthew 21:22)

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. (Mark 11:24)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Dear Gracious Father, you know the hurting and the pain my friend is going through. I pray that you will bring her peace and comfort. Help her and her family to feel your warm, loving, arms wrapped ever so tightly around them. I pray that her faith has remained the same; so very strong! I pray she finds comfort in the prayers and encourging words and acts of love from her friends and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. I pray that you will help me to not question you when I see or hear of the awful things being done to those that seem so undeserving of it. Instead, help me to turn to my knees and lift them up in prayer. To turn to you instead of away from you. Thank you Jesus for loving us still and always offering us peace, healing, and love. In Your Precious, Holy, Name, I pray, Amen!



Photobucket

PhotobucketI cannot believe that in TWO WEEKS I will have read through the entire Bible! I am excited and thrilled to be so close to reaching my goal.

Reading the entire Bible is something I have always desired to do as a Christian, but never succeeded!

I am still a little behind, but since putting my new reading plan into affect, I am catching up and will finish on time! {woo-hoo!}

Congrats to those of you who have already completed! What an accomplishment! I am sure you  have grown so much in your relationship with Jesus Christ, just as I have!

To those of you who are moving right along and plan to finish on October 2nd, I can't wait to cross that finish line with you in two, very, short, weeks!

To read where others are in this challenge, or to congratulate those who have already finished, head on over to Mom's Toolbox!

I will proclaim the name of the LORD. Oh, praise the greatness of our God! ~ Deuteronomy 32:3

3 comments:

  1. I look forward to graduating with you as well! You can finish!!!
    I have had a lot of "why" moments in my life as well. I try to keep in mind that:"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good" Romans 8:28.
    Happy reading!

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  2. I love your thoughts. I wrestled with that same issue when we lost our daughter and I had multiple miscarriages. For a control freak like me, it was a TOUGH lesson. I'm praying for your friend. And...keep on reading!! We're almost there!!

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  3. Amy,
    I have thought the same thing. My friend from church lost her sweet precious 8 month old baby girl just out of the blue. She has written a blog that has helped us all so much although I am sure it has helped her too. I don't know what happened to your friend, but I have found encouragement from my friend Cari (http://andyandcari.blogspot.com/).

    ReplyDelete

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