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Day 256 - Revelation 18

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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

Trouble With Troubles

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
My question is what happens when the answer you were expecting doesn't come to pass?  I know the heavenly Father is beyond time, but my circumstances and I are not, and time has run out.  I am in danger of losing my job, I won’t be able to attend school this semester...again, and I don't have any money to pay my rent.  I know there are people in far worse situations, but if God would put me in a position to help others, I would.  Why was life designed this way?  Why do we have to go through misery?  If a person makes up his/her mind to serve God and be on the side of righteousness, why should we have to continue to go through the heartache and evil of this world?  Everything has finally come to a head, and, like I said, I am in a state of despair.  I don't know how much longer I can endure this life.  I want to thank you for taking the time to set up a website like this for people who seek answers.  Thank you in advance, sir.

 

Sincerely,
Suffering Servant

Dear Suffering Servant,

If becoming a christian instantly removed all of life’s problems, everyone would obey the gospel for that reason alone.  Solomon said it best, “All this have I seen in my days of vanity: there is a righteous man that perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongs his life in his evil-doing.”

(Eccl 7:15).  This life doesn’t always favor the godly.  Sometimes, the bad guy does finish first, yet Solomon also said that “it shall be well with them that fear God” (Eccl 8:12) and “it shall not be well with the wicked” (Eccl 8:13).

Many times people suffer for being christians; the apostle Paul said it was mandatory that christians go through trials (Acts 14:22).  In fact, Paul said that we should rejoice in tribulation because trials bring the best out of God’s people, making us stronger; trials strengthen our hope and trust in God (Rom 5:3-5).  Like the sun softens butter and hardens clay, trials soften humble hearts and harden selfish souls.  Christianity is about relinquishing control of our lives and trusting in the Lord (Pr 3:5).  Our hearts go out to you as you suffer through various trials of no small degree – suffering is never pleasant.  Yet, you can know that the Lord will care for His people (Ps 37:25), and there is much to learn from the trials this life brings (Heb 12:11).

Day 255 - Revelation 17

Monday, December 21, 2015

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

With This Ring...

Monday, December 21, 2015
When is the proper time to remove your wedding rings after your spouse dies?  I have been a widow for the past four years, and every time I feel that I should remove my rings, I feel like I am being unfaithful to my husband.  We were married for nineteen years before he died of cancer.

 

Sincerely,
Ring-Bearer

Dear Ring-Bearer,

You are not being unfaithful to your deceased husband by taking off your wedding rings.  Your love and adoration for him is impressive, especially in an era when divorce runs rampant.  If only more people took marriage as seriously as you.  Having said that, though your memories of him live on, you are no longer bound by your marriage contract.  When your husband died, you became free to remarry (1 Cor 7:39).  Jesus says that in heaven, we will neither be married nor given in marriage (Matt 22:30).  Your husband has moved on to await the Judgment (Heb 9:27), and you may – with clear conscience – start a new life.  You are not harming him nor are you defiling his memory by moving forward.

Day 254 - Revelation 16

Friday, December 18, 2015

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

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