Sometimes after a tragedy, we hear the words “God is in control” or “the purpose of God.” What is God’s purpose of “taking home” a young girl killed by a drunken driver? What is God’s purpose in allowing a young mother to succumb to cancer leaving three small children at home? I honestly don’t know. Sometimes, God simply does not make sense. We must remember that the focus of the Christian hope derived from faith is not on this life, but on the next. Our physical life on earth is only temporary. What matters the most is where we will spend eternity.
God’s creation of the world was “risky” in that it involved him becoming human flesh and dying a horrible death on the cross. He loved the world so much that he was willing to take upon himself all the pain, rejection and the consequences sin produces so that we may receive an eternal relationship with him. Jesus died on the cross so humans could live eternally in the peace and joy of God (heaven).
I just got home from Wal-Mart where my wife and I bought a new 18-speed bicycle for my daughter.
Have you ever experienced fear in sharing the message of Christ? Do you battle with guilt from missed opportunities to share our faith? A neighbor makes a flippant comment about the Christian faith and we are tongue-tied. A conversation about Jesus Christ around the water-cooler makes us nervous and awkward. Knowing eyes turn toward us for a response and we only mumble a feeble reply. Mormon missionaries knock on our door at just the wrong time. We’re tired, we’re busy and we make excuses, hoping they will go away. Doesn’t this sound familiar? We get nervous, fearful, and struggle with feelings of inadequacy and the guilt of being unprepared. How do we overcome this?