Loving God In Spite of Your Circumstance

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I used to read the Bible and believed that the disciples where like super men. All I saw was the amazing things that they did and wanted nothing more than to be like them. They seemed to be impenetrable by the things of the world.  But I was only reading what I wanted to see. I was not seeing their humanity in the writings. 

The words in the Bible can sometimes read like a text book when you are doing research if you do not take the time to see mankind behind the words. Even though the words themselves are inspired by God, you can plainly see the different style of writings with they differing disciples who wrote their books.

Just rushing over it to get the information that we are looking for without taking the time to read the sub-text will often mean that we are missing a valuable piece of the picture. If we did look for this, we would understand the emotion behind the writing. That is often an important part as well.

These men, as well as being called and chosen of God, where also humans. They felt emotions just as all people do. They got things wrong. They said the wrong things at the wrong times. They experienced excitement and joy. They were not perfect men. Examples below:

Luke 8:22-25

One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

 

Matthew 16:21-25

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.

Matthew 26:31-35

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

 

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The only thing that made them perfect was their faith. Their love for Jesus flows through page after page of the New Testament in spite of their situation. They never stop praising and glorifying God regardless of their circumstance. They were doers of the Word. They lead by example.

We are all bound to have good things and bad things happen to us while we are alive and on this earth. Times of joy and times of deep sadness. We are all bound to feel a wide range of emotions. We are after all human. 

 

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When the Word of God speaks of Praise – It Actually Means To Speak Well Of

Some people confuse the terminology of Praise. In the midst of their trials and circumstances, how can they break out in song. But in actual fact, it has quite a different meaning. It means to Speak Well of. To still find it within yourself to love God through your trial.

But the key and also the difference between Christians and the World is we are able to love and speak well of God in EVERY circumstance. Whether we do or not is up to us. But if we are able too, we will find that things are a lot easier to cope with as they arise. 

Remember that God really does love you. He knows your suffering and your joy. He knows your humanity. 

 

 

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