1 Kings Chapters 1 and 2 tell a story we are blessed with. What is, has been spoken!
Our being here IS God’s will. Our purpose in pre-known. Find it, know it, live it and be blessed as you do! Speak with The LORD, open up your hearts and pour out your needs, wants, hopes, dreams and aspirations before Him. God knows before you utter it, your blessings are ‘waiting’ for you to spread your arms and receive, Amen
If we read the shares above, we pull out so very much. The Bible is THE most complete book EVER. It touches on ALL:
“Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account.”
The hardships we face have already been in time. Yes! This by God’s grace is the only time you will face such, but no guarantees are given, however:
has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
We need to venture once again into Scripture: Job. He was tempted, tried beyond that which is imaginable! Children, family, property, health… and not in the ‘easy’ way! But, we are shown the example of one who places his total trust in The LORD – Job!
Job faced many forms of suffering. He lost his children and wealth in a single day. He was then struck with painful sores over his entire body. After this time, his wife added to the pain by saying, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9).
In short, Job’s wife was saying, “Give up!” Job’s life had completely fallen apart. Instead of encouraging Job to faithfully endure, his wife said he should just lie down and die. Even worse, she told him to curse God before he died. She saw God as the problem, the One who had abandoned Job in his time of trouble.
It is easy to see Job’s wife as doing wrong in this scene, yet her response was natural, from a purely human point of view. She had lost her children, too, along with her home and wealth, and now she watched her husband suffer in excruciating pain. If living faithfully before the Lord means being treated like this, she reasoned, it was better to die. Also, her comments merely match what Job’s three friends later reflect in their speeches to Job. It is Job’s hope-filled response to his wife that is key to understanding his faith.
In response to his wife’s bitter outlook, Job first rebukes her: “You are talking like a foolish woman” (Job 2:10a). He then asks, “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10b). His words are commended by God: “In all this, Job did not sin in what he said” (Job 2:10c). Job’s response was a godly answer to the pain he was facing.
God allows both good and “evil” (that is, calamity, as in Isaiah 45:7), yet it is a temptation to view bad happenings as God’s punishment upon our lives. While this may sometimes be the case, it is clear that God also allows suffering for other reasons. In Job’s case, the suffering was not the result of God’s judgment at all, and Job was later blessed with twice as much as before his time of trouble.
In the New Testament, Jesus came as God’s suffering Messiah (Isaiah 53) on our behalf so that we may have eternal life. Jesus was without sin, yet He endured great suffering. He set an example for His followers in this regard. There are times when believers will endure various types of suffering and pain even though they have done nothing wrong.
Job’s wife suggested that he “curse God and die.” Job wisely refused to take that route. Instead, he taught us that we are to accept both good and bad from the Lord, trusting that His plan is best. James 5:10–11 says we should, “as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
We may be under much “stress!” Loss of everything that once meant ‘everything’, but are we correct in giving up?
“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
In our ‘share’ today, we learn that EVERYTHING has a cause and effect. ALL is about decisions! Let us start shallow and go deep. Kindergarten/Nursery School, Grade School/Primary School, High/Secondary School, College/University, Graduate School, Job, Relationships/Marriage…. A long list! Why do people drop out? Too many reasons to name. Get started ‘right’, genetics play a secondary role! Are there not ‘Millionairs/Billionairs/Succesful Individuals’ who were born to nothing?
Passion has a place! What do you want? Truly want! Are you working toward that? Yes! There are ‘easier’ ways to get there! Are there crimes? What are those? Taking what ‘rightfully’ belongs to another! It starts small – a pencil, eraser, even a toy… Not having does not institute a ‘carrier’! It can and should stimulate the desire for a career IN DOING right, Amen
In our ‘share’, King David was aged and suffered chills from his inability to keep warm. A search was put out for a young woman with beauty to lie beside him to keep him warm. No ‘inappropriate’ actions occurred. Sha cared for him! I will note that a Man who Loved The LORD as king David did ‘suffered’ old age! But was still sharp as a tack. We, even in The LORD’s service will still be affected with and by ‘time.’ There are individuals in The Bible that ‘crossed over’ without passing away, instead they are moved into the next phase without death, Yes! We ALL do ‘pass away’ but there is no ‘death’ for believers, Amen!
According to the post-biblical Jewish Midrash, eight people went to heaven (also referred to as the Garden of Eden and Paradise) alive: Elijah (Kings II Chapter 2, Verse 11) Serach, the daughter of Asher – one of the sons of Jacob (Midrash Yalkut Shimoni (Yechezkel 367)) Enoch (Genesis 5:22–24)
Also, we can see that according to the Bible, Enoch and Elijah are two people God took to heaven without them dying. “Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away…”
We learn further about existing after we pass over: http://biblereasons.com/life-after-death/
As stated, this gets deep:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
There are conditions we must keep to attain these promises:
You want to attain/achieve? Do!