“Is God Mad at Us?”, 13MAR
“Is God Mad at Us?”
This is the question my sweetest friend at work asked me yesterday. She is a devoted humble Christian and brings Jesus thru her actions and friendship to everyone at work. Workplaces are also needed places to share faith and comfort because there’s a captive audience of stressed busy people. This friend surely strengthens me with hers.
“Is God mad at us?” She asks amid the panic and preparation for the COVID19 pandemic.
My gut answer instantly was the same as when I thought about it for a moment: “No. “No, God is not mad at us, God LOVES us.” Comfort…
If God puts you in a position to share comfort, do so.
I said: “The world has seen worse pandemics that humans could not prepare for and it is a messy world already and surely the Lord is helping us thru this. Look at how much time we are being given to prepare.”
I also know God IS watching how we act thru this, and seeing if our faith holds.
My friend said she’s been asking Jesus and He tells her to: “TRUST.”
I can appreciate having TRUST in Jesus. Having Him in my life these past 5 years have given peace beyond understanding. Often people ask me so many many questions as a scientist. I can speculate about the virus and the world as a good educated guesser. But for God, I KNOW THAT HE LOVES US. THAT’S TRUTH!
The first scripture story that came out of my mouth to answer my friend whether this crisis was a punishment for sin was about Jesus healing a blind man – John 9. The disciples asked Jesus: “this man was blind from birth, who sinned, him or his parents?” Jesus said it’s not because of sin.
The second story that came to me to share was about preparation – using common sense – stocking up with oil – Matthew 25. Half those waiting for the bridegroom stocked up on oil ahead of time, and half ran out. That’s us…. We need to prepare for life AND for the return of Jesus at an unknown hour. God has been giving us many opportunities to get ready. You know that story of the man on the roof of a flooded house and the boats came to save him and he said God will save me – and then when he died from drowning he asked God – why didn’t you save me? And God said: who do you think sent the boats?!!!
Yes, in this new pandemic and in EVERY ordinary moment we are being given opportunity to prepare for the best and the worst… and opportunity to share with others… We can stock up our houses, collect our children home, and reduce the fear. Yes – get your preparations but not selfishly – but servantly so that you can share your supplies too…
And remember that we have Jesus whether we live or die, we have the Kingdom to consider, therefore we must believe that we will be OK, we are to have faith in Jesus.
And then let’s get back to doing our normal jobs. (Later I remember the scripture – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving”. Colossians 3:23)
Many of us have been brought to the truth thru the Holy Spirit, and we are learning more by taking time to educate ourselves… God LOVES us, I pull from the Truth I feel, not just from the facts I see… and so when we count our blessings, not our hassles, even thru this crisis, there is clear evidence GOD LOVES US.
How can we comfort concerned people? We can recount scary news headlines OR we can repeat and encourage with the WORD that heals.
Another work faith friend asked me: even with all the preparations, what if there is a doomsday scenario? I said without thinking: “CAN I INTRODUCE YOU TO MY FRIEND JESUS?” Yes, in life and in death, I am always praying that the people hear and understand the voice of Jesus calling them – even if it is only seconds before they pass away. I know that any grain of faith is all that is needed… I pray for comfort over pain.
Comfort, courage, education, FAITH.
Listen to the opportunities you are being given to cultivate FAITH. Maybe God is giving you the oars to the lifesaving boat for helping others… Maybe also it is not the people asking with their fears but with their own Spirit in seeking to learn – why not give them the best GOOD news of the day.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.
The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25
Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was.
Others said, “No, he only looks like him.”
But he himself insisted, “I am the man.”
“How then were your eyes opened?” they asked.
He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”