Sep. 01, 2015
From the pen of Dr. Sam Jones
“In the Lord I put my trust; How can you say to my soul, ‘Flee as a bird to your mountain’?” For look! The wicked bend their bow, They make ready their arrow on the string, That they may shoot secretly at the up-right in heart. If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do” (Psalm 11:1-3)
Catastrophe, devastation, unanticipated situations, bad things, etc. may occur in the lives of Christians at any time. The first million-dollar question is “How should Christians respond after tragedy occurs in their lives?” For decades philosophers and theologians have pondered the question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” The focus of this Spiritual Moment is not to address this question, but to state the appropriate response of Christians to unexpected occurrences.
Christians must never forget the words of Peter in I Peter 5:8 related to Satan. Their enemy, Satan, is aggressively traveling the world pursuing or looking for opportunities to shake their faith. His objective is plain and simple; he wants to cause them to question God’s ability and/or His love for them. If he can cause them to doubt God, then he greatly increases the probability of them one day abandoning their faith.
David, in the above text, was experiencing a challenging time in his life. He felt his enemies were in hot pursuit of him. He shared the information with his friends and they advised him to run. They told him to run to the mountain and hide. When problems occur in the lives of God’s people, they don’t run and hide. This brings me to the second million-dollar question, “What do the righteous do when they experience a tragedy or situation in life that shakes their faith?”
The next several Spiritual Moments will suggest what Christians can do after a tragedy or a situation has occurred in their lives. The important question is not will you experience a faith shaking experience, but what will be your response to your faith shaking experience? Paul informs us in Philippians 4:19 that we serve a wonderful God who has and will supply all our needs. God has given Christians in the precious book called the Bible several insights that they might respond appropriately and survive devastating experiences in life. Tomorrow, I shall provide suggestion number one.
My challenge for you today is to relax and enjoy today remembering and knowing God is going to supply your needs!