|“When God presents you with an opportunity to participate in what He is doing, you can either be cooperative or passive. In either case, God will execute His will. You cannot alter the plan of God, either by your opposition or inattention. …. The only person that can be hurt by disobedience is you, and who knows, our Father may have brought you “to the kingdom for such a time as this.”” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
‘It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.” Psalm 119:71
People more easily believe in God when afflicted than when well. Tribulation drives regenerate people to God. As a follower of Christ you can see this correlation discussed again and again in Scripture. Paul says that God brings tribulation to produce hope, and for this reason we should rejoice in times of affliction; tribulation conspires with God to develop in us a biblical hope. 449
The unbeliever also more easily manifests a belief in God during adversity than during times of prosperity. When things go well, he is apt to conclude that either God does not exist or if He does, He is irrelevant. When calamity strikes, however, he often blames God. You hear him say such things as, “You believe in a God who brings pain and affliction into our lives; I could never worship Him.” God becomes a convenient scapegoat, someone to blame when things don’t meet his expectations.
Tribulation probably affords you a better opportunity than anything else in life to evaluate your concept of God. You can easily conclude that He is good when things are going well, but to suffer and call Him good requires an understanding of God’s character that not all believer’s develop. When tribulation enters your life, spend less time trying to understand why and more time giving God thanks.450 View times when circumstances seem to indicate that God has abandoned you as an opportunity to affirm His goodness.
449 cf. Romans 5:1-4
Obadiah 1 Revelation 9 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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