God loves us whether we are in bad times or good times

October 15, 2010 at 8:02 1 comment

Pain is scary and death is not.   God determines all things, as my last post of his Sovereignty suggested.

Look at Job; God directed Satan to afflict him but spare his life.  Job did fine until his discouraging friends showed up.  After talking to them for a while Job put God in Dock and acted as persecutor until God set him straight.  God calls the shots.  History has been planned out since the beginning of time.

I believe that gave God me ALS and I had the elders come pray over me.   I was at a Pentecostal Church last year for a friend and Pastor prayed the healing prayer for me.   I still have ALS God says no.  I am all right with that.   I still believe that God is for me and his plans for me are to give me a future and a hope.  God brings disaster and brings healing also (I Samuel 2:6-7; Deuteronomy 32:39).  God is wrathful and loving, they are the flip sides of his Holiness.   I do not experience any of God’s wrath because I am his son.  He loves me with an everlasting love.   Just because I have ALS doesn’t mean he stopped loving me.

Look at Romans 8:28-32

28And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Turn to Hebrews 13:5-6 which says,

5Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
6So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?

These two passages promise that nothing in all of creation can separate me from God’s love and the other passage promises me that he will never leave me nor forsake me.  In those two promises I place my hope.

Let me make my point by using a passage from Hebrews 11:23-40 which says,

23By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.28By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.

31By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

32And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

39These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

God rescued some of them and allowed some of them to die painful deaths.  There was no rescue for them.  They were faithful until death and a better place is prepared for us when the resurrection occurs or when we die.

God is the main focus of everything and he is angry and loving and inflicted me with this deadly disease, but I know he still loves me.  The death of his children is special to him.

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  • 1. Carol Noren Johnson  |  October 15, 2010 at 8:02

    Wonderful reflection. Wish He would take that pain away from you, but love the insight you have in the midst of that pain, Paul. Thanks so much for sharing your life here.

    Sharing my life. We still don’t know if my husband can drive officially, yet, but the neurologist will let him know. Like you he is happy and we are adjusting to his Mixed Dementia diagnosis.

    Thanks again for blogging.

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