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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

5 minutes a day 5 days a week All the New Testament in a year

The Lesson Of Job

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
About two years ago, life started to get bad.  I was told to read Job.  I was devoted to God, thought He was real, but this, to me, is cruel.  I never thought the God of the Bible could hurt one of His own.  If what I am going through is a Job thing… why?  Why do we humans have to go through such bad things?

 

Sincerely,
Horribly Hurting

Dear Horribly Hurting,

The book of Job does answer your question, but you have to understand the point of the book to get the lesson.  God never hurt Job; the devil did (Job 2:7).  Job suffered because the devil accused God of protecting Job too much.  He accused Job of serving God, not out of love, but out of a desire for blessings (Job 1:9-11).  The devil was wrong, though; Job didn’t renounce God even when he was suffering (Job 1:22).  Job’s life testifies that serving God is about more than just being blessed; it is about love.

When christians remain faithful to God throughout immense trials, they prove to the world that Christianity is not a club or a Sunday activity – being a christian is a way of life.  When people take up their crosses and follow Christ, the world sees that we are serious (Matt 16:24).  When we suffer for doing right, we have nothing to be ashamed of; we are glorifying God (1 Pet 4:15).  It is through many trials that we enter God’s kingdom (Acts 14:22).  We here at AYP don’t know exactly what it is that you are suffering through, but if you suffer as a christian, know that you are not suffering in vain (1 Pet 3:17-18).  In this life, you may get bad things – but no matter what, in the next life, you shall be comforted (Lk 16:25).

Day 260 - Revelation 22

Monday, December 28, 2015

5 minutes a day 5 days a week All the New Testament in a year

The Ties That REALLY Bind

Monday, December 28, 2015
I am in my fifties, and my parents both have failing health.  They do not appreciate that my husband and I are religious and have made family gatherings miserable over the years because of it.  My siblings say that since we are the "good ones" (financially stable, our children turned out well, we are healthy), we should take over Mom and Dad's care.  I've mentioned to my siblings that our parents probably wouldn't want to live with us.  My brother said that we HAD to take them in because the Bible says to "honor your parents".  Does this burden really fall to my husband and me just because we're the only christians?

 

Sincerely,
Overburdened

Dear Overburdened,

It is an unfortunate reality that many christians are left with responsibilities that others are unwilling to shoulder.  Children have the responsibility of caring for their parents in their old age (1 Tim 5:4).  Certainly that responsibility falls to all of the siblings, but if none of the others will shoulder the burden, you would still be bound to.  There are many trials that christians must endure as they seek to live godly lives, and it sounds like this will be one for you.

Some parents make it a joy to honor them; others weigh down their children with the duty.  Your parents don’t necessarily need to live with you, but you do need to honor them (Eph 6:2).  You will have to decide what is the best way to care for your parents without destroying the stability of your own immediate family.

Day 259 - Revelation 21

Friday, December 25, 2015

5 minutes a day 5 days a week All the New Testament in a year

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