Good times or bad…God is faithful.

I must be retarded. That is the only consensus that I can reach given how people speak to me sometimes. Instead of asking if you are okay when something terrible happens, they want to launch into a diatribe concerning what you must be attempting to do. Oh, you fell off the monkey bars? What are you trying to do? Are you attempting to break your neck? Of course my inner thermometer starts to rise due to these questions. Yes, that is exactly what I am trying to do. I got tired of living on a planet full of idiots and decided to end my time here.

I suppose I am making too much of it. We all show our caring nature in different ways. In no way do I show that I care by making you feel like you are retarded, but what do I know? There are times that I feel like I am just a number to some people. It is an emotion that we all have felt at one time or another. Then there is the talking down to each other. Oh, you are having a bad day? Allow me to launch into all of the reasons why your bad day is self-inflicted.

The Bible makes mention of a man named Job who did everything right. Then one day the devil made a deal with God. This deal allowed Satan to touch everything that Job owned, and the only exception was that the devil couldn’t touch Job. Cue the ensuing chaos. Job woke up and lost his children, his fortune and his cattle. I am sure Job was not in a good mood on this Monday morning when all hell broke loose. In the midst of all of this, Job stayed the course. Then God allowed Satan to touch his body but would not allow him to kill him. Boils broke out all over Job’s body. Then his wife showed up and told him to curse God and die. When you thought that things could not possibly get any worse, his friends show up. Did they comfort him? No, they launched into all of the things that Job could have done to offend the Almighty. With friends like this, who needs enemies?

Life happens to us all. Sometimes, there is no meaning to be found in the madness. If everything has decided to fall apart, it doesn’t mean that you did anything wrong. Maybe, it’s just life. The way that life works is you attempt it and it may work in your favor. Or perhaps it won’t. May the odds ever be in your favor. As bad as yesterday could have been, I am glad that we were able to get the fire put out. Instead of me being homeless and sleeping out among the stars, my house still stands. My youngest daughter has been having trouble moving around, but it’s not a blood clot. My oldest daughter was threatened, but the Lord has put His hand of protection around her. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord. My pastor often asks the question, “Can you be faithful when there is subtraction in your life?” It is easy to be a Christian when everything is going your way. When the blessings of the Lord is noticeable in your life it is easy to be on cloud nine.

However, when the storms of life show up, often times we want to throw in the towel and loosen our grasp on our faith. It is during these turbulent periods that our grip on our faith should be strengthened. If God is able to bless your life, why wouldn’t He be present in our storms? God is faithful at all times. Sure, trials and tribulations are part of our every day life. Sometimes, God wants to see if we will be faithful in our storms. Do we continue to believe that God is just or are we going through the motions?

In the Book of Job, there is a passage of Scripture that reads, “when I am tried, I shall come forth like pure gold.” Trials and tribulations are the process that proves our faithfulness. These necessary parts of existence are the way that we expel the impurities from our life. There is a Facebook post that says that a knight in shining armor is a man that has never had his mettle tested. It is the same way with us when we live for God. Trials prove our mettle. It also serves to show us that we can rely on God to help us through whatever may arise in our lives.Through the good times and the bad, God is our ever present help in times of trouble.

That is going to do it for me this morning. Y’all have a good day.

Freeman out.

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