The following question will challenge even the most mature and spiritually filled believer. “Do you grumble and complain?”
Complaints are included in acceptable social conversations. They are objections, even acts of protest. Voicing anger, fears, dissatisfaction, annoyance, and irritation will certainly get a conversation rolling. But will the topic or act of disapproval be edifying and pleasing to God?
Let us take a minute and consider why we complain. Are we looking for the empathy of others? Are we making excuses for our behavior? Is it due to some selfish motive, or is it an act of self-righteousness? Has self-pity consumed our thoughts and voicing our anger brings relief? Is it a passive-aggressive way to let God know we are mad at Him? By complaining, have we judged God by blaming Him for our discomfort?
Or, are we seeking justice for bona fide mistreatment and abuse? Should injustices be left…
The kind of intimacy that Christ longs to have with me is best represented in the marriage relationship. What God commands wives to do – respect and submit to their husbands – is what He desires all of us as believers in Christ to do for Him. And the part of Ephesians 5:22-33 that describes a husband’s love is a little taste of the way that Jesus loves, leads, sacrifices for, and serves us as His people. In fact, one of the main purposes of marriage is to point us all to the intimate relationship between Christ and His Church.
Marriage is to be a living parable or symbol of the REAL THING – our relationship with Jesus.
I’ve talked about the struggles of someone my age residing abroad to earn a living in my recent post. In the couple of days that passed after the publication and after reading the comments and emails I received, I felt that I also have to discuss (especially for the benefit of those who have plans to go overseas) the joys of being outside my mother country. Just like anything in this world, being abroad gets its fair share of sweetness and bitterness. Truly, every cloud has a silver lining.
1. You learn more about yourself. Even during the first week of living abroad, believe me when I say that you don’t only discover new things about your new country of residence. More importantly, you unravel more details about yourself that sometimes you never knew existed. It may be because abroad you are sometimes tested to your limits by being tossed…
We sat across each other
Sipping on a cup of tea I asked Happiness where it was lost
It forcefully managed a smile
And barely whispered “I have Lost my space, fading away in This world tired of fighting all The hate and anger people feed”
I sigh and ask softly if it would
Keep trying for my humanity’s sake
And others who desperately wanted
To see more moonlit sky and stars
More shiny eyes and kids running
Playing in fields and open spaces
It asks me why would I ask for
Such a thing don’t I see around
I gently hold its hands and smile “Look around you there is still hope There maybe few like me who want Real happiness to dance across faces To take away those tears from eyes Those little kids who still can be Protected and guided are our hope Please embrace them…
“But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then don’t be afraid. I will provide for your children.”
Why did God Allow Bad things to happen to Joseph?
By Joseph’s own testimony, the sufferings of Joseph—physical, mental, and emotional agonies—had been allowed by God so that Joseph could accomplish God’s plan: to save many lives.
As Joseph responded to suffering with faith, meekness, and humility, God molded and shaped a leader. And that leader would not only end up saving his betrayers’ lives, but he would fully forgive them and provide abundantly for their needs. Such is the potential when a man chooses to reject the empty revenge of bitterness and instead to embrace the benefits of suffering.
God had a purpose for allowing Joseph to suffer.
To enable him to overcome a prideful attitude and learn humility (See Proverbs 15:33.)
To teach him how to serve (See Genesis 39:4, 22-23, 40:4; Matthew 20:26-28; and Mark 9:33-35.)
To train him to be faithful (See Genesis 39:2-6 and Matthew 25:21.)
To test him in moral purity (See Genesis 39:7-20 and Matthew 5:11-12.)
To prepare him to comfort others (See Genesis 50:21 and II Corinthians 1:3-5.)
To prepare him to lead his brothers to repentance (See Proverbs 16:6.)
To teach him patience (See Genesis 40:1-14, 23; and I Peter 5:10.)
To enable him to see God accomplish His purposes and fulfill His promises (See Genesis 37:5-11, 41:32, 42:1-5, 45:4-7, and 50:20.)
To teach him how jealousy can cause suffering (See Genesis 37:3-4 and 17-36.)
To save many lives (See Genesis 50:20.)
To let him experience the blessing of God’s favor (See Genesis 39:2-6 and 21-23.)
To place him in a position to tell Pharaoh of God’s power (See Genesis 41:15-16, 25, 28, 32-33, and 38-44.)
Sometimes bad things, disappointments, and sufferings happen to us, situations or circumstances that are painful to accept and difficulties to deal with.
God allows those things to happen in our lives for our own good, or for his divine plan that are predestine to happen in our lives.
We might not understand nor comprehend on our own capacity as human, but eventually we are able to thank God for allowing it to happen in our lives.
We should always trust him, and depend on him in every situations that we are into.
In every season of our journey that we are into.
I thank God for continuously pruning my character, by allowing suffering and trials on my journey.
I thank God for unceasingly moulding me to the person that he wants me to become.
* I will talk about the Pruning process in my life on my next blog 🙂 *
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you”
We Can Choose to Trust God, Even as Joseph Did
We are not to regard suffering as a strange occurrence, but rather as a sign of God’s work in our lives. (See I Peter 4:12-19 and Romans 9:14-24.) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7)