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March 24, 2008 / Nick

Don’t you care God?


Recently I’ve been pondering why God allows us to suffer afflictions, persecution, injustice and the like. Then after praying about this the Lord dropped the scripture about His disciples sailing through the storm into my spirit.

Jesus slept while his disciples panicked and feared they were going to die in the storm. Now, remember Peter, James and John were experienced fishermen, they’d been out on that sea many times, so it must have been a serious storm. Really life threatening.

Why would God cause us discomfort within our comfort zone?

Personally, I think it is because God wants to see how we will respond. The disciples failed the test for they manifested fear instead of faith. Likewise God sometimes allows our problems to play out a bit longer in order to test our response. When we do respond then we know what was really inside our hearts.

Sometimes God let’s us go through suffering to accomplish His will too. Take for example the believers in Jerusalem who were persecuted by the authorities so that they would disperse from Jerusalem and spread the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth.

In any case, when we are going through we don’t tend to see the hand of God at work in our situations – there’s an old song which says ‘We’ll understand it better by an by”.

Here’s a clip of ‘by and by’ sung by Elvis Presley… now you may wonder why I chose Elvis? Well, it was the only decent clip of the song on YouTube, but Elvis was also baptised in Jesus Name once! Yes, apparently it is true, Elvis has Apostolic roots (before backsliding!)

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2 Comments

  1. Polycarp / Apr 22 2008 8:09 pm

    Could it because the rain falls on the just and the unjust and that sin reigns in this world. Christ transforms us, not the world. We suffer because we are still in this mortal coil.

  2. jesusblogger / Apr 23 2008 10:09 pm

    Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience and experience hope. Christian suffering is part of the perfection process.

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