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IN WHOM IS YOUR REASSURANCE?

How can one live in tranquility in the midst of storms? Are you going through a health emergency where there is no hope for healing? Are you going through a severe economic crisis and you feel that God has left you? Are you going through an emotional or a family predicament that has reached a crossroads leading to division? Have you reached the point of despair and the devil has convinced you that you are not useful for anything? Have you lost someone dear to your heart? Is your reassurance in your bank balance? These situations can happen to any human being, no matter the degree of his/her nearness to the Lord. For the believer, this is a test, a stage of purification and spiritual growth. For the unbelieving, it is a slap for him/her to return and call on the Lord. In both cases, however, it is the Lord Who is in control of the events as everything happens with His permission.

How can one have reassurance, while going through a complicated health condition where healing would require a miracle? Shall one despair? One reads in the Holy Bible, how the Lord Jesus healed many and how the sign of their healing was their faith. As an example, one reads the story of a woman who was bowed in the Gospel of Luke 13:10-13, "On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, 'Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.' Then He put His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God." Note the woman had reassurance she would, one day, be healed. For this reason, she did not come to Jesus and beg Him to heal her, rather she attended the synagogues regularly to pray and was certain of her healing. As well, she was not pessimistic. The evidence being, she was confident in God and did not think as others thought that Jesus casts out devils through Beelzebub, but immediately she glorified God. Did not Satan suggest to her mind that she would never be healed? Did he not suggest that she is a sinner and that is why all of this has happened to her? Throughout the eighteen years, Satan did not leave her as he wrestled her faith and so, the Lord Jesus described her as being bound by Satan! However, she was stronger than him by holding on to the Word, the promise and prayer. This is the faith that the Lord requests from those who fear Him.

One may ask, given that he/she is going through a sterile economic condition, feeling failure and very pessimistic because things have reached a point of no return; should he/she rely on those who are rich and establish a relationship with them for the sake of wealth?
The Prophet David replies with the saying, "It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans" (Psalm 118:8). But, how can one trust in the Lord seeing all the ways being closed? If one meditates on the Holy Bible, one notices tens of stories explaining how God deals with events. And so, the deed takes place with the finger of God after one is certain, believing, and patient. Certainty is facing the suggestions of Satan and by responding to him that God will interfere for one's good at the appropriate time. This reply must be powerful and in the name of the Lord Jesus. Of course, this cannot be through word alone, but mingled with deep faith where after waiting with patience, the believer finds the hand of God intervening and changing the situation from extreme poverty to wealth with abundance to restore all of the past. This is what happened to Job, whom God rewarded with double what he had lost.

What if one loses someone dear to one's heart, where is God's wisdom in that? And why this unbearable experience? The goal of God from the beginning to everlasting is the salvation of souls. The souls, however, are varied from those who know the way of the Lord to those who think they know the way, but, in truth, these souls are going toward Hades. As what happened with King Josiah of whom the Holy Bible mentions in 2 Kings 22 that his deeds did satisfy the Lord as he expected and yet, not according to the book of the law. Therefore, when, by chance, the book of the law was found and read before King Josiah -- he rent his clothes and wept and sent others to enquire of the Lord Who did not delay to tell him that the wrath of the Lord will be kindled against the immorality of the people. Do we return to the Lord after the storm? The loss of a loved one has many meanings in the eyes of the Lord. The thoughts of the Lord differ from one's own thoughts, but in all circumstances He wants for us good and not evil. At such a time, the world will become black in one's eyes and one will be unable to see this goodness. But, if one holds on to God He is faithful and just to show His intent with respect to everything that happened for He asks one to trust Him and be confident in Him and not in man who dies.

What about the rich man and does God hate the rich? In truth, God loves everybody and does not hate any human being, but being holy He rejects and is angry with the evil deeds of humans. As for the rich, there are two types. The first, believers in God and the second, believers in their money. What do these words mean?

The rich man who believes in God, realizes everything he has is from God. Also, that it is a deposit to be used for righteous deeds and that God is able to take it from him at any time. Therefore, he does not concern himself with it, but his fear and concern is in God alone. When he feels he will lose his job, he does not sit down to calculate what he has in the bank and say that he is reassured because what he has is enough for him to live at the same level, as before, for a period of time without the need for anyone. But, rather, he says that his confidence is completely in the Lord and it is He alone Who will not make him be in need of anything.

The opposite is so of the rich man who believes in his money. This is an act that the Lord does not like; given that, the rich man puts all his reassurance in his bank balance seeking and striving through various ways, whether lawful or unlawful, to multiply and maximize this balance in order to increase his reassurance even more. In doing this, he will have laid up large sums and spent his life in search of money. In the end, on the day of his death, he will not take anything of it and he will have lost the work with the talent that God prepared for him to pursue while he was on the earth. Could God rejoice with such a destiny for those who are redeemed with the Blood of Christ? Never! God redeemed us and made for us a great way in which to walk. That is, as He promised His disciples, to secure all our worldly needs for us as long as we walk with Him as He states in Luke 12:22-31, "Then Jesus said to His disciples: 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will He clothe you -- you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.'"

Therefore, put your reassurance totally in the care of God and trust Him, so that He can be your shield and help at all times. Grow in the spirit, through the Word, and ask for His guidance alone. Let your personal relationship with Him be very strong. As a result, He will allow you to hear His voice, show you His greatness and in the long run, you will be with Him when the work with your talent ends on this earth.

Written by: Laith Maqadsi
Translated by: R.A.

 
 

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