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Chapter 5 Discussions Continued

posted Nov 3, 2011, 8:41 AM by Lynn Squire

Sometimes we judge God by what we perceive as right and just, but we can’t see the whole picture. In fact, often we only see what we choose to see. Instead of keeping our focus on God, we seek security in our lives through things like electronic fortresses and investments. Desiring security isn’t sinful, but when losing these physical securities causes us to question God, we need to consider the place they have taken in our lives. Are we worshiping risk-free living?

Consider the Apostle Paul in Acts 21. He was warned not to go to Jerusalem. He was told by the Holy Ghost through the prophet Agabus that he would be bound and delivered into the hands of the Gentiles. Anyway you look at it, Paul’s trip to Jerusalem seemed foolhardy. Why did he do it?

Read Acts 21:13.

“…for I m ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Paul didn’t consider his safety. He considered his Lord. He considered those who needed to hear the Gospel message.

To be diligent in keeping ourselves and our families safe is not a sin. We should do that. When we are warned of a bad storm, we should take cover. However, times may come when we may be asked to sacrifice our security for the eternal well-being of others.

We should examine our motives moment by moment. Are we living for ourselves or for the Lord? Are we willing to move out of our comfort zone in order to serve our God? Does our response to the storms of life show unbelievers the depth of our faith and trust in God?

God does not desert us in trials. When Paul suffered the bonds that he’d been warned he would face, he was comforted. Acts 23:11 tells us:

“And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”

Dear Lord, thank You that You promise to never leave us nor forsake us. Thank You for giving us examples in Your Word of Your comfort and provision. Lord, give us the courage to face what will come our way and to continue to bear witness of the salvation You have provided for everyone. In Jesus Name, amen.