Allow me to quickly draw your attention to a few important items.
First, if you have not registered for NorCal Fire and are able to attend, I highly recommend you consider it by clicking here.
Secondly, check out this enlightening and pointed post about a light topic – bird poop: So a Bird Pooped on My Head
Thirdly, if you have a check, check out Fred Butler’s several posts concerning the KJVO problem. This is a dangerous group, and you should know how to spot a member. Thanks in part to Fred’s teaching, I was able to pick one out this weekend!
And finally, let me preface the next section with a qualifier. I believe Adolph Hitler was wrong in what he did to the Jewish people and it was a horrible atrocity. Do not misinterpret what you are about to read.
I received this photo in an email today. The text of the email read: If you think you are having a bad day, I bet the person who wrote this would trade with you!
I could not agree more. You see, anyone whose attitude toward God is one of “God owes me anything at all” is a hellbound sinner for his sins against a holy God. The worst atrocities committed by men cannot even compare to the wrath a creative and intelligent God can and will unleash against the ungodly. This poor holocaust victim most likely is suffering far worse at the hands of the Creator to whom he did not give due glory than he ever suffered in this world.
This brings me great distress. God is so easily tossed aside because of “evil” in this world. Yet those who hate God because of the existence of evil cannot even explain evil without contrasting it to God’s goodness. Look, the point is that no matter what happens in this world, God is the one who you need to rely upon. And if you believe God owes you any kind of comfort, pleasure or relief from evil, you are mistaken and have not truly trusted in the sacrifice and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins.
The question is, dear Christian, do you ever find yourself believing that God owes you more than you’ve been given? Do you even notice your own complaining spirit?
I can assure you, your suffering is likely less than the person who etched this phrase and that you deserve far worse? Think of the Christ who opened not His mouth to His accusers, that he might take punishment he didn’t deserve on your behalf.
This is about recognizing that even in the worst moments in this world, lost sinners still need to acknowledge Christ as Savior and Lord. To many, this doctrine is reprehensible. If you are one of those people, you do not love God, but the god of your own imagination.