Happy Saturday everyone! Getting a bit later start than normal after I thought it might be a good idea to get some rest. I have been fighting my allergies which of course led into my usual cough; however sleep did me some good and I think I’m on the way back to recovery.
So originally I was going to title this message “Dear Lucifer” but thought that too many folks would see that and not even give the post a chance so I altered it but my message will be pretty much the same.
I’m not sure how many of you have been following my blog for the past year but for those that have you know how much my family has been through. I know there are those that have had it MUCH worse than us but up until a year or so ago our family was pretty much protected from any major health issues and catastrophic situations. Not so much any more. My Bride’s step mom lost a brutal fight with cancer, at the ripe old age of 46 I had to have a full hip replacement, my Bride has dealt with severe back pain, THREE bouts of kidney stones with the latest sending her into Sepsis shock and almost killed her. To say we are feeling a little bit like Job would be the understatement of the year. (Not to mention my oldest son having a bout with an unexpected liver disease).
“So what’s your point David, we all have issues?” My point this morning is to paint a picture for you. My family is under siege…Not just any siege but a full blown assault from the Enemy of Humanity. Sometimes I chuckle a bit when I hear people ask, “where does all this evil come from?” The biggest accomplishment of Satan is convincing people he doesn’t exist….Anyway, with our family under siege it would be very easy to curse God and ask where is He in all of this! I mean, He loves us right? Why would He want us to continue to suffer like this? Well, the good news is He doesn’t!
See just like with Job, I have a feeling a similar conversation happened a while ago between God and Lucifer; “So God, those Fischer’s CLAIM to love and follow you yet they have never been truly tested. Let’s see what happens when they are! I bet they curse your very existence!””God maybe responded with something like, Ok, I’ll take that bet”!
Now some would say that God is allowing Lucifer to inflict pain to settle a bet, but look deeper my friends. How many times do the Scriptures tell us that we grow STRONGER through persecution? How many times do the Scriptures tell us that we must DIE to the WORLD to truly follow Him? How precisely will that happen if we think WE are the ones in control? Friends, God does not want to see us suffer but He will allow it if it will serve to make us better. Think of it this way…
When I was 14 I was hit by a car crossing the street. (David 1, Lucifer 0). As a result, I had a few deep open wounds that had gravel and all sorts of yucky stuff in them. So, what would be the proper course of treatment? Leave the gravel in there and hope it finds its way out OR do what the doctors did and pour peroxide in there with a scrub brush and clean that sucker out? Which do you think was more painful? (Keep in mind I don’t remember getting hit by the car but I do remember them scrubbing a wound so deep you could see the bone….) Nevertheless it had to be done to prevent infection and start the proper healing. Plus that decision had to be made for me because I sure would have never asked for it. You all starting to get what I’m dishing?
Sometimes we just need to go through trials to help get us to where we need to go; a cleansing if you will. The great thing for those that have given their lives to Jesus is that as bad as our trials may seem here, they pale in comparison to the joy and glory that await us in just a very short time. Maybe you are going through something and you see no purpose in it; please know that God loves you so much and just like I have had to do as a parent, sometimes He needs to just let us go through things so we can become better in the long run. Just like my arm eventually healed, so will my family. One day and one day soon, the Fischer’s will all be up in Heaven rejoicing and basking in the Heavenly Realms having no pain or suffering ever again! I don’t know about you, but that is enough to keep me getting up every morning and fighting another day.
Keep fighting my friends, the war has already been won!