Why??? Why God Why!

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“EVERY WORD OF GOD IS FLAWLESS; HE IS A SHIELD TO THOSE WHO TAKE REFUGE IN HIM.” – PROVERBS 30:5

God is no man that he should lie, His word is flawless! Yes, we know this very well but sometimes our actions speak louder than our words. It is easy to say that you believe that God can do this or that. But it is your attitude towards that difficult situation that will determine if indeed you believe in what you say you believe in.

The way God works is beyond our human understanding. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Job was called a servant of the Lord, a man that fears God and shuns evil – he was a faithful man. However, one day he lost it all; his family, his possessions – they were all gone. Even his health was being threatened. But even though God was pleased with the man that Job was, He still allowed him to go through major disappointments.

Often times when we are going through the valley of the shadow of death, we ask God “why?” We cannot understand how God can allow certain things to happen to us. Like many of us today, Job started to question God. “Why God, why?”

But then the Lord spoke to Job and said: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? Brace yourself like a man: I will question you, and you shall answer me. Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?” (Job 38:2-5). Woah, God is such a boss! Can you imagine Him thinking to himself, “Who does this man think he is to ask the ancient God of all wisdom and power all these things?”

Aren’t we often times just like Job? Every time I read the book of Job, it reminds me of God’s faithfulness and of how I should just be still and know that He is God. He knows what he’s doing and no matter how hard the storm, you and I can be confident that He will be our shield the moment we take refuge in Him. God is in control; He knows what He’s doing.

D. Arelis XO

Overwhelming Love

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 2 Corinthians 13:6-8

I have never known a love so pure, so exciting, and so fulfilling. A love that is full of life!

Perhaps you are wondering, “what is love?” Or maybe you wander around with the question, “can I fall in love with someone today then fall out of love with them tomorrow?” I understand if you have these questions, ’cause I had them too. The answers to these questions are in the understanding of what love is. 

2 Corinthians 13 thoroughly explains it – you can consider it being a “love handguide”. I dare to say that it is better than any article or love book ever written. The way our society has portrayed love is unfortunately messed up. 

But let’s take a look at what love truly is. First of all, love forgives;  it is kind, it does not seek revenge – it sees beyond any flaws. Love has the patience to wait – to persevere through difficult circumstances. Love is strong and courageous, It has no fear – it cannot stand beside fear because perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18). This love gives without expecting anything in return; it is selfless, it trusts, and always hopes. This kind of love gives all. If we can’t love in such way, we have never known love.

God is love; if we do not know God, we do not know what love is (1 John 4:8). “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” There is no greater love than this. But, as I was meditating on this I came across something else.

Romans 5:10 tells us that we were enemies of God, until we were reconciled with him through the death of Jesus. Now this verse here just took my understanding of “love” to another level. So, “before Christ died, we were enemies of God”. Seriously, I don’t know about you but to me, the thought of someone giving their life for their enemies, is just mind-blowing! I most probably have read this verse a thousand times, but as I was trying to find out the meaning of true love, I got a complete different view of this verse. Hmm, is it just me or does Matthew 5:44, “Love your enemies…” makes so much sense now? This goes beyond human understanding. 

A love that sees beyond the imperfections. A love that, even though we did not deserve anything, yet allowed us to have it all. A love that goes deeper than the deepest ocean. A love that only comes from God – it’s overwhelming isn’t it?!

D. Arelis XO