If You Never…
If you never felt pain,
Then how would you know that I’m a Healer?
If you never went through difficulties,
Then how would you know that I’m a Deliverer?
If you never had a trial,
Then how could you call yourself an over-comer?
If you never felt sadness,
Then how would you know that I’m a Comforter?
If you never made a mistake,
Then how would you know that I’m forgiving?
If you knew all,
Then how would you know that I will answer your questions?
If you never were in trouble,
Then how would you know that I will come to your rescue?
If you never were broken,
Then how would you know I could make you whole?
If you never had a problem,
Then how would you know that I can solve them?
If I gave you all things,
Then how would you appreciate them?
If I never corrected you,
Then how would you know that I love you?
If you had all power,
Then how would you learn to depend on me?
If your life was perfect,
Then what would you need Me for?
If you never had a problem,
Then how would know that I can make you whole?
We should not look at fallen towers with religious eyes. Suffering and bad things happen to good people, too. Thats when we throw God out. Try to tell someone who was abused or raped they were dancing to their own DNA. That only bad people have all this DNA? That is a ridiculous assumption and interpretation from Godless people, some of whom call themselves Christian.
How did Jesus answer? In Luke 13:6-9 He said to cut it down. If no fruit comes from it, cut it down! We either repent or we perish. What Jesus is saying is simplifying repentance, which many do, Unless we repent not only to him at the Cross but the one we offended by our judgments, it is superficial. Because when things are going wonderful, we end up replacing with ourselves and things, stuff….and the warning is we will perish!
1. To remind us the world is broken and groans for redemption.
2. To do justice in response to Adam’s (and our) sin.
3. To remind us of the severity of the Impact of Adam’s (and our) sin.
4. To keep us dependent on Him.
5. So we will long more for Heaven and less for the world.
6. To make us more like Christ, the suffering servant.
7. To awaken the lost to their need for God.
8. To make the bliss of Heaven more sweet.
9. So that He will get the glory for being our strength.
10.And that thereby others see that He is our treasure and not ourselves
Are we in the Kingdom business? For when things go on great, we tend to forget and Christ gets pushed to one side. That’s when the towers will fall! There is always a price. The towers are a part of life, because we live in a fallen world with fallen people. We get swept up in ego and haven’t paid the consequences. We don’t want justice, only grace and it just doesn’t work that way. The time to repent is when things are going good. The time to mend fences and tell those you offended, you are sorry, is now…else Jesus warning, we will perish. And that is another verse that also tells me unequivocally, that once saved isn’t always saved. (Another in Revelations when He says, “I would rather ye be hot or cold, but if your cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” ) Still another is, the wages of sin is death, and we certainly are all sinners, aren’t we?