It's very interesting to me how upside down our thinking is. When something GOOD happens in life we often say it's luck, and when something BAD happens, it's God? When things are going well we should be focusing on praising God and thanking Him. But when things are going bad we always seem to blame Him. Yet James 1:17 teaches us that " Every good gift and ever perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning." Scripture tells us that God has thoughts toward us. It shows us that we are ever in His thoughts. We were not abandoned and set upon the earth to survive on our own. He is deeply involved in our lives and thinks about us. It is those thoughts that brought forth the very plan of salvation. A plan that was conceived in the mind of God before creation itself. Matthew 25:34 states "Come you blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Ephesians 1:4 declares "According as he has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the World..." Revelation 13:8 declares Christ as the "...Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." These verses show us that God developed a plan. In fact, the psalmist states in Psalm 139:15-17 "My frame was not hidden from You. When I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me. When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!" What I'm getting at today, is that all things happen in our lives for a reason. Albeit the good and the BAD. The Lord lets us go through trials and testings in order for us to build character, strength and learn to trust in Him throughout it all. So instead of asking God to take the tribulation that you're going through away from you, ask God to help you PERSEVERE through it in order for you to develop and carry out the plan that God has designated for you.
Luke 15:11-16 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me. ’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. prodigal: spending money or using resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant. Virtually the younger son wanted to sow his wild oats, ( as I remember hearing someone say once about her son ) The young man asked his father for his inheritance early so he could go do just that. A lot of young men in particular, have the idea that life would be far better if they were able to make their own way in life, thinking the grass is greener on the other side. Although it must have been hard for the father to give in to his son`s request, he knew there was no stopping him, so he conceded and gave him his money and let him find his own way. We see from verse 13 it was not too long before he had used all his money with wasteful living. He became desperate and in want. He found a job working in the fields feeding pigs. The lowest of low for a Jew. They were unclean animals, but this man was desperate and had no choice. He became so hungry he would have gladly eaten what the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. We have to come to the end of ourselves, before we will humble ourselves and ask for help! God will allow us to go through trials and tribulations to bring us to our knees, so that we will learn to depend upon Him, and see our absolute need of His help! Luke 15:17-19 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” We often come to realize how better off we were when we find ourselves in dire straits, God gives us all a shake up every now and then to keep us in line, never let yourself become ungrateful for what you have in life, maintain an attitude of gratitude. When this young man remembered what he`d had with his father, that even the hired help was fed better than he right now. So he decided to go home to his father repent telling him how wrong he had been, and that he would be willing to be one of his hired hands. What love the father had for his son, he knew he would one day return to him and he kept watch every day, when he finally saw him away off he ran to him had compassion on him, and hugged his neck and kissed him. The son was able to repent before his father, telling him how sorry he was and realized he was not worthy to be called his son. Before he could say anymore his father had his servants shower him with gifts, and they made a feast for him to celebrate that this his son was dead and is alive again, he was lost and now is found.. Hallelujah! Luke 15: 20-23 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. The Angels in heaven rejoice over one sinner who repents. Glory to God in the Highest! Luke 15:10 (NKJV) Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
"For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing." James 3:16 NASB Selfishness. Every fibre of mankind's being screams this word. It is because of our selfishness there is divorce, dishonesty, disunity and every other evil thing. This very thing causes one brother to murder another, a king to drive a whole race to cruel slavery, a people to crucify their blameless King and the list goes on. Selfishness is a deadly poison that hinders the work of the selfless-themed Gospel. It must be eradicated from our daily lifestyle, and this is only possible with God's grace and strength. As quoted by Keith Green: "it is so hard to see when my eyes are on me." Certainly, how true that is. Let us cast our eyes upon our Lord Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit guide us this day.