Life’s many questions

Jul 02, 17 Life’s many questions

Life’s many questions tend to be based on negative context. It is in these times that we need to be aware that God is in control, even though reality seems like a great disconnect from our expectations. 

The Evil one is always using these circumstances to place doubt into our hearts. We need to cling to God for His guidance and His Hand. 

Adam & Eve questions – why they can’t eat from the fruit of good and evil

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” 

 “Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. 
God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’” “You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil (Genesis 3:1 – 3:5 NLT)
There are no absolutes of good and evil.

A good person has evil and an evil person dwells goodness too.
God does not want evil in us. His intent against Adam & Eve taking the fruit of good and evil was based on prevention of suffering & evil 

The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief.  To increase knowledge only increases sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18 NLT)
Cain questions Abel’s favor from God 

When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord . Abel also brought a gift – the best of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his gift. This made Cain very angry, and he looked dejected (Genesis 4:3 – 4:5 NLT)

“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? (Genesis 4:6 NLT)

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” (Genesis 4:7 NLT)
Miriam and Aaron questions Moses’ authority- Why him?

While they were at Hazeroth, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses because he had married a Cushite woman. They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’t he spoken through us, too?” But the Lord heard them (Numbers 12:1 – 12:2 NLT)

Instead of supporting him and his weakness of self righteousness, they rebelled against God’s authority in him. Miriam was stricken with leprosy

Why should the righteous suffer? 

His wife said to him, “Are you still trying to maintain your integrity? Curse God and die.” 

But Job replied, “You talk like a foolish woman. Should we accept only good things from the hand of God and never anything bad?” So in all this, Job said nothing wrong (Job 2:9 – 2:10 NLT)
David asks God why – on his sufferings 

But he decides to turn the situation around by worshipping Him

 O Lord , how long will you forget me? Forever? 

 How long will you look the other way? 

 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, 

 with sorrow in my heart every day? 

 How long will my enemy have the upper hand?

Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! 

 Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die (Psalm 13:1 – 13:3 NLT)

Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” 

 Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall. (Psalm 13:4 NLT)
But I trust in your unfailing love.  I will rejoice because you have rescued me.  I will sing to the Lord  because he is good to me (Psalm 13:5 – 13:6 NLT)
When reality does not seem to meet expectations with God. Elijah meets the widow 

But she said, “I swear by the Lord your God that I don’t have a single piece of bread in the house. And I have only a handful of flour left in the jar and a little cooking oil in the bottom of the jug. I was just gathering a few sticks to cook this last meal, and then my son and I will die.” 

  (1 Kings 17:12 NLT)

Our God will never forget us 

Yet Jerusalem says, “The Lord has deserted us;  the Lord has forgotten us.”

“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child (Isaiah 49:14 – 49:15 NLT)

Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? 

 But even if that were possible,  I would not forget you!  See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands.  Always in my mind is a picture of Jerusalem’s walls in ruins (Isaiah 49:15 – 49:16 NLT)
The prodigal son asks – why am in such a situation?

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! (Luke 15:17 NLT)
Always reflect on your situation and look to God for His guidance. 

He will never abandon us. His love, grace and mercy for us is sufficient 

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