TRIALS, TRIBULATIONS, AND . . . . . PATIENCE?
In our last visit we talked about the trials and temptations—(but not about patience)–through our times of trouble.
WHERE DO TRIBULATIONS AND TRIALS COME FROM?
We often ask ourselves, “Where do these trials and tribulations come from?”
TRIALS are mentioned many times in both the Old and the New Testaments. Lump all the definitions together and you get ‘Test’.
TRIBULATION, on the other hand, is a funny word. Let me put it this way: I am certain that you have been to a carnival or fair, or perhaps a child’s birthday party, where the clowns blow up those long skinny balloons and then twist them into funny shapes–like dogs, cats or monkeys. When you take all of the various meanings of ‘tribulation’ and shake them up, then toss them out, the combined definitions turns out to be like the balloons at the carnival.
That is the true meaning of tribulation. ‘To be pressured, to be twisted, to be squeezed, to be bent out of shape.’
(‘Patience’ will have to wait for another time, because I don’t have time for that now! LOL 🙂
In regard to trials and tribulation, there is one verse that I would like to call to your attention. It is an obscure verse written in a very important chapter of the Bible. One that we almost totally ignore. It is the 16th verse of Chapter 54 in the Book of Isaiah. It says:
16 “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.”
Plainly stated this says, “Look at this! I AM the ONE who created the black smith that works the billows which blows on the coals in the hearth of life.”
Our first thought on reading this is, “Nawh! That can’t be God!” But yes, it really is God! God created every thing that ever is, ever was, and ever shall be.
Who can deny this?
In Part One I stated: “Obliviously the answer is that God the Father wants to know if we are truly His—or—how far are we willing to go in our quest to bring the gospel not into only our own neighborhood, but into all the world.
If we had no TRIALS we would have no FAITH. For it is by ‘FAITH’ that we stand or fall before God. With faith we will be like Father Abraham and judged righteous. Without faith in Jesus Christ as our savor and redeemer we are certain to come to a terrifying place. A place without a designated end time. That is far longer than the ‘Use before’ date on the top of your milk carton. There is NO END! Forever is, well . . . FOREVER!
In the middle of verse 16, God speaks to us concerning the smith: “And that bringest forth an instrument for his work.” What are the instruments of his work? This is a subject that is too broad to cover here, but let it suffice to say the instruments are not only anger, disgust, unforgiveness, murder, greed, quest for control or power, but every sin under the sun that can be named.
The latter part of the verse, “and I have created the waster to destroy” is very ominous. Think of all the people killed in wars from the beginning of time until this day. Isn’t it Satan’s work; ‘to be a destroyer’?
Think of all who have been killed in accidents, some by the initiation of their own actions, others as casualties of actions caused by others.
Add to that all the people killed by disease.
Don’t even try to count the heathen killed by their fellow religious followers’, who are of another sect, although they claim to worship the same god, all have believed the ‘fools lie’ of ‘Paradise with 72 virgins’. ALL AT THE HANDS OF THE WASTER!
It is extremely hard to believe that our God, ‘Who so loved the world’ would ever bring sickness, wars, disease, any and all things bad and ugly upon us. So, don’t believe it for HE DOESN’T!
However He allows ‘Old Smut Face’—Satan himself, to do the dirty work. If you doubt this, go back and re-read Job.
Now we know where tribulations and trials come from. With this knowledge we must turn to Ephesians 6:10-18 and simply follow the directions.
PROCEED with all FAITH. Stand with a strong FAITH that Jesus IS our deliver and He is faithful to carry out his promises.
BELIEVE, TRUST AND OBEY!
Next: Part Three, ‘PATIENCE what we should strive for’.
Until then, LOVE IS ALL !
Larry Straight from the Top
As usual, here I am on a three story scaffold with a two story rope.
This Psalm was written at the point of the first one third of the ‘time-line’ between Abraham and Jesus. (“And from Abraham to David was 14 generations, from David to the ‘carrying away of Israel to Babylon’ was 14 generations, and from the carrying away of Israel to the birth of Christ was 14 generations.”)
It is amazing in the fact that it was written while the Hebrew Nation was still offering burnt offerings for their sins in accordance with the Mosaic Law. Offerings that would never forgive sin, only roll it back one year until the next ‘Day of Atonement’. The writer David, possessed a spiritual knowledge of ‘God’s Anointed One’, who was yet to come, and that He would wipe away the sins of the World.
Hear now Psalm 103 ‘Out of the depths of my misery I have called out to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my cry! Let your ears stand at attention as I plead for mercy. Lord, if you did keep an account of our sins, who among us could hold up their heads to face you on the coming Day of Judgement? (a) But in you there is forgiveness, and because of this we hold you in our hearts in reverence. (b) I wait for you Lord, I wait for the fulfillment of all your promises. And, in those promises I have much hope. My soul waits for your coming; even more than the those who stand atop the protecting walls of our cities and wait wearily for the dawn, (c) O Israel put your hope in the Lord. For in the Lord is love unfailing, and great is His power to set men free. (d) He alone shall set Israel free, for in Him is love and redemption from all our sins.’
(a) The Lord does keep a book of every thought, every sin, every mummer; also our unkindness as well as our kindness and good deeds towards others. On the other hand we are to judge ourelves (1st John 1:10) and repent of our sins. Then our sins will be cast into the ‘Sea of Forgetfulness.’ (b) We owe, and we pay reverence, to, the King of Kings because of his suffering and for the blood he shed to remove the curse of eternal death from our spirits. (c) In ancient times the cities had walls around the perimeter as a defensive shield. Men took turns walking the tops of those walls at night in order to shout an alarm if the enemy approached. (Josh. 2:15, Neh. 4:15-18)(d) In the ancient text Israel consisted of both the southern nation of Judah as well as the northern nation of Israel. after the Hebrew nation refused to accept Jesus as the Messiah, the gentiles (people other than those born of Jewish blood) were grafted into the ‘Royal Household’ and until the return of Christ will serve in place of Israel. Jesus did not know the date and the time of his return because that time will only come when the very last person of a pre-set number of unholy, non Jewish people are converted to Christianity. Then Jesus will return to Earth. .