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On August 24, 2014
davem 68 (harmony)
A Few Questions
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“Again they came to Jerusalem. As he was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders came to him and said, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin? Answer me.” They argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘Of human origin’?”—they were afraid of the crowd, for all regarded John as truly a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.” Mark 11:27-33
There are times when we, like the Pharisees in today’s verses, want to ask Jesus questions. I hear it all the time from my patients at the hospital and I even find myself questioning. But our questions usually don't have to do with His authority. We recognize Jesus' authority but our questions have to do with how that authority is used. Our questions are usually not “what” but “why.”
If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “why did God allow this to happen?” I'd be much more comfortable in my retirement. There are a lot of horrible things that happen to innocent and helpless people in this world. There are injustices, inequities and unfairness in life. There are natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis that can take the lives of hundreds, thousands and hundreds of thousands. There are droughts that can leave entire nations without food and water. Innocent people killed, maimed, or displaced by war. Some people are martyred for their faith.
People see these things and wonder how a God who has control over all things could allow such things to happen. Where is God when these people need him the most? Where is God when we need him the most? Disasters and wars do not differentiate between the righteous and the unrighteous, or between the guilty and the innocent. Why is such suffering allowed by our God?
I have to be honest and tell you right now that I haven't the slightest idea why. I have found that there is no way to give anyone a satisfactory answer to these questions. There are the usual trite answers like “It's God's will.” or “It will all work out in the end.” These are answers that are designed to make us feel better, but they don't answer the questions. Job asked similar questions and when God answered he was told that such things are beyond human understanding. And maybe it is “above our pay rate”. If we are just threads in the tapestry of God’s universe, it would be impossible for us to understand the entire pattern of the tapestry, or the mind of the weaver.
There are some things that I think we need to consider. As Christians we know that we live in an imperfect world and that things are not as God originally intended them to be. We also know that one day all of this will become clear to us but this is not that day. So we live by faith as imperfect people in an imperfect world. It would be a hopeless life were it not for God coming to us through the person of Jesus Christ. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus, God does not see us as imperfect but perfected.
While there is no good answer to the question of human suffering, I know that God understands the suffering of the innocent. When we are suffering the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,” we have a God who understands and stands with us and even suffers with us. Those times when we find ourselves weeping in the darkest nights of our soul, we cry out “Where are you God?”. We can take comfort in knowing that God is right there beside us, weeping with us and waiting to help us put things right again.
Thank you for worshiping with me today
WOW! YOUR STORY AND YOUR SINGING HAVE BLESSED ME THIS MORNING! THANKS FOR SUCH A GREAT SONG OF PRAISE! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH EVERY WORD IN YOUR WRITING! THAT WAS GREAT READING...LOVED IT!
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What a beautiful message and song you paired together today. I'm not familiar with the song, but now I love it! So glad that our paths crossed my friend. You always deliver a ray of hope by allowing God to shine through you! Hugsssssssss my precious friend! ~Sandy~
So wonderful to Worship with you my friend....A great read... and a fantastic sing... God Bless...
WOW!!! Spot on! We will just never have the answers here in this dispensation. Ahhhh... It's been way too long since I've made it over to worship with you, Dave! I am always so grateful for the way the Lord uses you to enlighten me!
Thank you again for such a timely and meaningful message... and the perfect song to go with it, sung with all the beauty it could possibly have!
God is good all the time, yes, He is always right there beside us through it all!!
~Smiles & Blessings~
Once again a powerful message,an honest message,Thankyou Dave.Praying for you!You are a blessing to many!
Beautiful song,love your voice !!!I believe Clay is dealing with MS.
That's a lot to take in. Perhaps it's really above my pay rate, being an agnostic in the mail room. And I really hear you about that Why me? Thing being one of the hardest parts of your job at the hospital. Wow.
I like the song quite a bit, and your singing is just tops. VERY nice production. I'll have to sit and think on it a bit.
So very glad people who will appreciate you are finding you. You are such a dear, dear friend.
THIS IS SO WONDERFUL....WHAT A GREAT SERMON...IT HAS TOUCHED MY HEART...BEAUTIFUL SONG...IT'S NEW TO ME...SO GLAD YOU HAVE SHARED YOUR THOUGHTS AND SONG...GBY..
This says so much of what has been in my heart at times- well, not so much "why" but the pain of losing a loved one. The pain of feeling alone from the huge loss.
I never ever thought of God crying beside me, with me- how shallow is that? I seem to try to take on the world by myself......I dunno why -doesn't matter.
I will remember your words- He suffers with us, weeps with us, beside us-----
lots to think about-
very beautiful sing-
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