Faith, Not Feelings, Please God
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.‘” (Job 1:20-21 NIV)
RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad – Lacy and her bothers were a handful when they were growing up. Not because they were little demons, but because they were very active and inquisitive.
When Connor was a toddler, Kris’ granddad made him a contraption out of a clear milk jug. When a button was pushed, a light would come on in it. If the button was held long enough, a little fan would start turning, and eventually the light would start blinking on and off. This fascinated Connor. And in turn, it fascinated Lacy. She would watch her “big” brother play it with for hours. They were mystified and mesmerized.
From the time they were in diapers Kris and I taught the kids that God is everywhere. Just as air is everywhere. We told them that you sometimes feel the air’s presence with the breeze that blows by you. Sometimes you see it when trees bend with its force. But even if you don’t feel it, the fact that you breath another breath, is evidence that it’s there.
I am thankful for that little milk jug. It gave Connor and Lacy (this was pre-Evan) a curiosity that opened their eyes to so many things. With that curiosity, has come knowledge.
Years later they can now talk circles around me when it comes to Calvinism and Arminianism, or Creationism (Intelligent Design) and Evolution, or the big one – Atheist vs.Believer. They like to know, but they also like to know WHY they know.
Several times I have seen one, or all three of them get into a conversation with someone with an opposing view. They are always accommodating and open to hear the other person’s thoughts. They run it through their filter of knowledge and life experiences, and then process a reply or opposing opinion. But, it is always done in a civil way.
They are like that, not because of what we believe, but what THEY believe. My prayer is as they grow older, and storms come along in their lives, they will not forget. There will be times where they ask WHY? And, get no reply. They will question things when something bad happens. And, get no reason.
I pray that they will always remember that we are the created. He is the Creator. He knows the ripple effect of every action. He understands how what happens today, impacts something 50 years from now.
Just as Job who was the richest man in the east, lost everything, and kept his faith, I pray they will also be found faithful. Even if they don’t understand, and He doesn’t explain why, my prayer is they will hold fast to His promises. And take another breath….
Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised. (Job 1:21 NIV)