Can you trust God?

A tem­po­rary loss to­day can be a long-term gain in the fu­ture

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - Kevin Mat­tatall Fo­cus on Re­li­gion Kevin Mat­tatall is the pas­tor of the Cape Bre­ton Chris­tian Fel­low­ship Church. The Cape Bre­ton Post wel­comes com­ments on his col­umn by email at pas­tor.kevin@ns.sym­pa­

There was a man in the Bi­ble by the name of Job and he had many sons and daugh­ters and he had gained much in worldly pos­ses­sions. He had wealth, health and a good fam­ily but then sud­denly over night he lost al­most ev­ery­thing he had.

The ques­tion is, how are we to re­spond when bad things hap­pen?

A great truth we don’t like to ad­mit is that our faith is not tested in good times but rather in bad. A mar­riage is not tested while we’re driv­ing on a paved high­way but what hap­pens when we turn down Pot­hole Av­enue?

What hap­pens when there’s more month than money? When the phone is dis­con­nected and the power is shut off? Do we fo­cus on why did we fol­low this per­son into this aw­ful place or do we fo­cus on how do we fix things and drive out of this mess and get back on a bet­ter road?

Job was a good man and yet bad things hap­pened to him. The ques­tion is not, ‘why do bad things hap­pen to good peo­ple,’ but rather, ‘what do good peo­ple do when bad things hap­pen to them?’

The Bi­ble says that Job wor­shipped the Lord and then he said in Job 1:21, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I re­turn there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

We seem to be OK with the thought that we serve a giv­ing God, a lov­ing God, a kind God, and all for­giv­ing God but it just doesn’t sit right with us for the Lord to de­cide to take some­thing away. Surely if we study Greek and He­brew long enough, some­way, some­how, we can blame ev­ery­thing bad that hap­pens to us on the devil.

Maybe we should start the Flip Wil­son re­li­gion. Ev­ery time some­thing went wrong for Flip he said, ‘the devil made me do it.’ It worked for Flip but here the scrip­ture plainly states that it’s the Lord who works to give and take away.

I think maybe this verse is for the more ma­ture for there is a dif­fer­ence be­tween the devil at­tack­ing me and God giv­ing and tak­ing away. A tem­po­rary loss to­day can be a long-term gain in your fu­ture. If I fail a test in school I don’t call the teacher a devil but I study harder for the next test.

The trou­ble is we can easily trust God when He’s bring­ing good to us. Thank you Lord for that ex­tra money. Thank you for the raise at work. Yes, es­pe­cially thank you for that great doc­tor. It’s harder to trust God when He is tak­ing some­thing away. When He hands you a neg­a­tive rather than a pos­i­tive and asks you to trust Him. Job said even if the Lord de­cides to kill him he will still trust in the Lord.

It’s in the New tes­ta­ment that Paul writes, “in ev­ery­thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Je­sus for you.” 1st Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 5:18.

Paul did not say for ev­ery­thing give thanks but he said in ev­ery­thing give thanks. Why? Ac­cord­ing to Ro­mans 8:28, “We know that all things work to­gether for good to those who love God, to those who are the called ac­cord­ing to His pur­pose.”

If you say you love God, then trust Him to­day that what­ever He has taken away He will use it to bring you greater suc­cess.

Find a good church to at­tend. God bless you all.

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