Archive for July 2019

Present in the Storm

July 20, 2019

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The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress (Psalm 46:7).

Heartbreaking events continue to happen again and again. When they’re replayed, so is the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It doesn’t surprise us that this old question doesn’t have new answers.

Yet the truth that the psalmist puts forth in Psalm 46 has also been replayed and rehearsed and embraced repeatedly. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (:1). The conditions described in :2-3 are catastrophic – earth and mountains moving and sea waters raging. We shudder when we imagine being in the midst of the stormy conditions poetically pictured here; but sometimes we do find ourselves there – in the swirling throes of a terminal illness, tossed about by a devastating financial crisis, stung and stunned by the deaths of loved ones.

It’s tempting to rationalize that the presence of trouble means the absence of God, but the truth of Scripture counters such notions. “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (:7, 11). He is present when our circumstances are unbearable, and we find comfort in His character: He is good, loving and trustworthy.

— Arthur Jackson
Our Daily Bread, June 20, 2019
(adapted & edited)
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Divine Diversions

July 12, 2019

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They tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to (Acts 16:7).

Twice in Acts 16 Paul and company were redirected by God. First, they were “kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia” (:6). Then, “When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to” (:7). Unknown to them, God had other plans that would be right for His work and workers. His no to the previous plans put them in a position to listen to and be confidently led by Him (:9-10).

Who among us hasn’t grieved what we initially thought to be a painful loss? We’ve felt wounded when we didn’t get a certain job, when a service opportunity didn’t materialize, when a relocation got derailed. Though such things can momentarily be weighty, time often reveals that such detours are actually divine diversions that God graciously uses to get us where He wants us, and we are grateful.

Arthur Jackson
Our Daily Bread, June 28, 2019
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