Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Lesson from Joseph

Joseph was thrown into a pit and left for dead. Some might say, How could an all-good an all-powerful God allow evil like this to exist in the world? If He is in fact all-powerful and if He is in fact all-good, how do those truths reconcile with evil? Many unbelievers ask those questions and conclude that it is irrational to think that an all-powerful and all-good God would allow evil, therefore, God does not exist. Recently in my apologetics class we have looked at this issue. One principle to keep in mind when considering the problem of evil is that often times we look at evil from our perspective and not God's perspective. We should not question God as Job did and ten be rebuked by God accordingly. We must focus on the reality that we cannot know or fully understand the exhaustive purposes of God.

Just this morning in our family devotions we read Genesis chapter 50. In verse 20, Joseph explains God's use of the evil brought about in his life, God meant it for good. Through the act of his brothers, God sovereignly brought Joseph to Egypt and through him made provision to preserve the nation of Israel. As we experience evil in our life and trials that come upon us, we must keep in perspective that God is God and He is bringing about His purposes in and through those circumstances. He uses all things for our good and to accomplish His purposes. Romans 8:28 states, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." As we encounter trials and evil in our life, we should first confess that God is good and all-powerful and also ask ourself, "What is God going to accomplish in the midst of this circumstance?"


Friday, October 23, 2009

Simple Truth; Godly Results

Yesterday morning we were running late but wanted to do our devotions before leaving the house. Someone said that maybe we should look for a shorter section to read and then pray. I opened to Psalm 119 and said, "I think we should read all 176 verses." The kids laughed and we decided to read verses 9-16. The psalmist asks a simple yet profound question in verse 9, "How can a young man keep his way pure?" Great question! God desires His people to live holy lives. His people, Israel, were to be a light to the nations primarily by living a holy life. A life that is in accordance wth God's commands which when lived out is separate and distinct from the world. And notice that the Psalmist has already assumed this truth! Well, we read and spent a few minutes talking about his answers.
First, we keep it pure by keeping it according to His Word (v.9b). Obedience to His Word will keep our lives pure. Second, by seeking God will all our heart (v.10). In doing so, we will guard from getting of course and becoming stained by sin. Third, His word must be valuable to us so much so that we hide it in our hearts to provide the power and understanding that can keep us from sin (v.11). The Word of God is the key to a pure life, a holy life. We must seek it, treasure it and hide it in our hearts. When we make it our habit to do this, we are empowered to live for God and motivated to not sin against Him.
Well, we considered these few truths, prayed that God would help make these things are habit and headed off to school and work. Praise the Lord for His Word!


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Update on Isaiah

Looking back nearly 18 months I am happy to report that Isaiah's stomach is pretty much pain free! After a long saga of doctors, medicines, etc. we finally found help from a homeopathic doctor who steered us toward the fact that he had food allergies. By removing wheat, corn and dairy from his diet, (Not easy to do...) he began to get relief from the continual stomach aches. We now know that he cannot digest dairy and have reintroduced corn in small amounts and he seems to do okay. Wheat is still on hold at this point. He is healthy and growing, and we are thankful to the LORD that he answered our prayers and brought healing to our son. I am extremely thankful for my wife who was forced to completely re-think what and how she cooked for him and for our entire family. She has been very diligent and we are all very grateful!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Blogging to resume

Okay, I know it has been 9 months, but I have done some tweeks to the blog and hope to start updating it again soon. Stay tuned.