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The Bottom Of The Pit

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, a whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” James 1:2-5 NIV

Have you ever felt like you lost everything. You loss a job, car, home, personal belongings, friends, etc. You stop and look around and realize you have fallen in a deep dark pit and you don’t even know where to begin to get out. So in a panicked mess you start trying to climb out of the pit only to find that it is useless. Do cannot climb out. Then people come by and looking at you in your mess. They mock you. They say what did you do wrong to get yourself in this mess? They show no mercy. Unfortunately falling into holes happens. It can happen to anyone. But before we go into a panicked mess of trying to climb out of the hole we should turn to the Lord.

The Lord is the ultimate source of wisdom. His direction is perfect and without fault. The problem we face is understanding Gods direction and guidance. All human wisdom and understanding is nothing in comparison to our Lord who knows all, sees all and understands all. So when you find yourself in a deep hole, before you kill yourself trying to climb out or spiral into a panic, sit in prayer to your Lord and God. Ask for his wisdom. Stop to praise him in the midst of the dark pit. For his way will never fail you.

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God Delights In You

My two little dogs Coco and Itsy are a bundle of joy. They are fun to just watch and observe. I find much joy, delight and fulfillment in seeing these two little animals happy, healthy and well. My heart hurts when they are sick or unwell.

God existed before this world. He created the heavens and the earth. He created all living things. He created you and me. He looked at what he created and saw it is was good. God did not have to creat all this world and living things. He would not cease to exist without it. Yet he takes much delight in his creation. He delights in you and me. He delights in his children just like I take delight in my dogs Coco and Itsy.

Gods does not wish us to be sick. He does not wish us to be injured. He does not wish us harm. He wishes us to be happy, healthy and thriving. Yet we often battle with affliction, illness, suffering and the likes because the world is imperfect. I think it important to remember that God does not like this for his children but he does promise to bring about his goodness, hope, redemption and joy despite it. For even when we face troubles in this world we can be reminded that Jesus has overcome this world. We have the promise of eternity apart from all those bad things.

Do you believe in a God that delights in you? Do you believe in a Heavenly Father who wishes to bless you and pour his love upon you? Do you believe in a Heavenly Father who cherishes and adores you so much that he sent his only Son Jesus to endure such hardship and suffering so that you could be in relationship with him? Do you believe in the healing of Jesus that covers all your sins and restores your soul? What a great Heavenly Father we have to be cherished do deeply and delighted in.

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Unconditional Love

My little dog Coco is such a sweet little teddy bear. When I get home from a long day he gets all excited. He squeals and wines for my attention. He does not care if I am tired. He does not care if I smell bad. He does not care if I failed at work that day. His love and excitement to see me, spend time with me is unconditional. God’s love for us is even more unconditional.

There are so many things in this life that are conditional. People’s love is often conditional. We put values and worth on so many worldly things. We as humans often struggle with sins. We can often feel like we are distant from God when we are living in sin. But the great thing about the love of Jesus is it is much like my dog Coco. We do not have to clean ourselves up first. We can come as we are, sin, struggles and everything in between. For the love and acceptance of Jesus’s embrace is unconditional. It is offered to all and it is through his healing we gain the ability to turn from sin. He transforms our lives as we abide in him.

“If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:15-19

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If God is TrustWorthy then Why do bad Things Happen?

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My little dog Coco follows me around everywhere. And when he looks at me with his little puppy dog eyes my heart melts. He trusts me. Maybe a little to much. But he is loyal and trusts me as his owner. But I cannot protect Coco from everything. Even if I wanted to. He can get sick. He can get injured. He can get stolen or lost. And his life expectancy is rather short compared to my own. I wish Coco to be safe, happy, cared for and well. I do my best to make sure this happens. Why because I love him. I treasure my little Coco.

God’s love for us is unconditional. He is completely trustworthy. He desires to bless us his children. He desires good things for us. Much like how I desire these things for my dog Coco. But even though God is completely trustworthy, loving and desires to bless us his children we often experience troubles in this world. When faced with a trial, trouble, illness or tragic event it is easy to question whether God is trustworthy.

But God never promised us we would not face troubles. Just like I do not promise Coco he will not have troubles. God promises us to be faithful through the trials. He promises his love is bigger than the bad things we face. He is trustworthy to never forsake us or leave us. We face hardship in this life because evil still exists, illness and suffering still exist. But we can trust God to be the light, goodness to that evil and always prevail in the end.

My trust in God does not mean I do not face hardship, struggles or trials. My trust in God means that no matter the circumstances I know Gods grace is enough for me and he will have the last word.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

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