Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Why me?

Matthew 5:38-48
"... He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (v. 45)

Standing in the pulpit each week, I see many good people who are hurting. People who have lost a loved one or people who are struggling through some type of family problems or economic hardship.

Shouldn't Christians be exempt from this? I mean isn't this the promises we see in the Bible. Isn't this what the TV preachers are telling us? Prosperity is ours for the asking...Blessings will rain down on us. Life is going to be great, no bad things are going to happen. say the right prayer, attend the right church, listen to the right TV preacher or community preacher and then life will be great.

Well you might really want to think that and I really wish that I could as well, however the Bible tells us different. Our experience tells us different and in fact reason should tell us different as well. We need to look no further than the birth story of Jesus. God's plan for the world does not require wealth or fame. It does not require a fancy car and a vacation house. The story does not promise us a life with no suffering.

Instead with the life of Jesus, we see that suffering is not spared to the righteous. Instead it seems as if suffering is almost a requirement at times. Pain is part of life and we need to accept that. We will get no free passes in this life, we can anticipate pain will be part of life.

As Christians we need to celebrate the joyous occasions and lift up prayers of thanks for our blessings. In the painful times, we also need to pray. We need to pray for strength and for God to show us the opportunities for healing and growth. Every situation we are in, gives us a chance for growth in our realtionship with God and with each other.

So yeah the rain is going to fall. But God's love is not stopped by the clouds and the rain, it continues to shine through.

Why me?

Why not?

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