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Day #17 – 30 Day Challenge

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c16This is the first entry for this new section, a particularly difficult season! If you’re following along in Thirty Days of Devotion, we’ve entered the 3 main section of the book.

The crux of this section lies at the end of the article. Nothing that happens is a surprise to God.

My son had a number of his college classmates ask him how he could follow a god so heartless as to not care about the pain and death around the world.

Tough question.

And in the face of it, my answer seems rather naive and callous.

Of course God cares! He feels our pain. Those of you who experience it regularly can chime in better than I can, but I know He hurts on your behalf. Whether the pain is to bring someone to Him, to strengthen someone with experiences they will need later, or simply to glorify Himself is not our right or ability to question.

Job showed us that example.

But God does care and He carries us through the summer just as He does at any other time we need Him.

As for death, that’s another issue. God cares about those who die without Him. It’s not His will that any should perish. (Matthew 18:14) To that end, I believe He shows Himself, in some way, to everyone. But when a believer dies, he or she is just coming home to Him.

He cares about that, too, but in a happy way.

My sons friends, both atheists and agnostics alike, don’t have the Spirit inside to confirm or deny the truth of God. They don’t get it.

Your Turn: Like I mentioned, I know some of you have much more to say on the subject of pain than I can offer. Please correct me if I’ve spoken in error. But share how God has expressed His presence and His care for you.

Tomorrow we’ll begin working through our passions in Thirty Days of Devotion. I hope you will join us again!

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

4 thoughts on “Day #17 – 30 Day Challenge

  1. AMEN!!!! God does not “owe us” an explanation. Indeed, He never gave one to Job. However, Romans 8:28 still applies: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” no matter how much it may not “feel” true!!!! During one particularly horrible time, God showed His presence to me (us) through confirmation of another Christian…. We had just left the “rubble” of our lives in the mold house, having lost nearly everything, including reputation. We began to try to find a rental house long-distance (knowing I needed semi-arid climate), with the wonderful help of some relatives. But Steve had to tell the landlord he had no job lined up and that we wouldn’t be sure if I could tolerate the house until I tried it. He said that was okay anyway and accepted our long-distance application. As we got to know each other, he explained to us that he had had 50 calls on that rental, but God told him to rent it to us!!!! We were strangers, struggling, sorrowing, in a new land–wow, what a welcome. I still cry. We ended up being able to stay there 11 months, one of the longest times we’ve been able to stay in a rental. Then we had to move south, because it started to rain and rain, and that whole area (for miles) began to be too moldy outdoors. But our time there allowed my body and my soul to heal some, too.

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    • Wow! Amazing how God works! I teared up reading this!

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      • It seems God has asked a lot of me (us) in the last few years, but He has also shown us His love in amazing ways. I believe the time w/ the depression (that I talked about, was it yesterday?) was in the “Preparation” season of my life. It is something that I have held onto and did prepare me for this hot, difficult summer season I’m now in….

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  2. I could not even begin to list or describe the amount of times the Lord has been with me through difficulties and hardships and other time He has rescued me from them! For me, I realize that I would not seek Him as frequently as I do if I did not have hardships.

    One just needs to have faith even in the midst of hardships because there is good and evil on this world and everyone has a free will to make their own choice.

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