“Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong” (Job 6:24).
It seemed much had been going wrong over several months. Then one day my wife woke me up to tell me the furnace was broken. And then I discovered my phone had been disconnected, both on the same day. She asked me: “Are we doing something wrong?”
I knew what she meant.
It is a natural reaction for the Christian to examine their lives regularly, and especially in times of trouble. I told my wife: “No, sometimes things just happen.”
Yet it is no fun to be on the receiving end of trouble and unwanted challenges. And we can begin to develop a “persecution complex” after problems grow and mount in our lives, especially when it seems everyone around us has managed to avoid those same problems and challenges.
We believe that God blesses His children, and while it is true that He sometimes chastens us when we go astray, He has chosen us, God is never “out to get us”.
God makes a way through everything life throws at us when we rely upon Him. Sometimes that way is into His arms as we leave this world and its tasks behind, and at other times it battling through to the other side of trouble with another victory under our belt thanks to Him.
Troubles come, they always will. But so does victory, so does experience as we overcome the trouble through the One who has called us.
Perhaps the problems coming into your life are not because you have done anything wrong, but because you are a child of God living in a hostile environment on your way to your true home. Fulfill your purpose as Christ’s faithful representative in good times and bad.
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes life is hard, terrible, and frustrating. But sometimes life is good, and that is because of Your presence. Thank you Lord. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. His greatest desire is to take every black eye the enemy gives him and use it as a way to point people to Jesus.
Are troubles mounting in your life? Are you questioning the reason why? Do you ever wonder if you are doing something wrong?
This is the song, “Nothing Could Ever Separate Us” by Citizen Way. The lyrics are a great ways to remember that how nothing will separate us from God or His love. Even if we did do something that He didn’t approve of, He would forgive us if we came to Him and confessed our sin. When things are not going our way, we want to see it as a logical part of some punishment God is giving us. But it is when we are straying that He most wants to reach out to us and draw us back closer to Him. -Lisa