|“…the commandments of God are never whimsical or arbitrary but designed for our best. God is not in heaven thinking, I wonder how I can make life miserable for these creatures of Mine. Instead, He is thinking, What are some guidelines I can give My children to teach them how to live life to the fullest? God’s laws and commandments are designed to help us, not hinder us. They are meant to make us happy and fulfilled. They were written to keep us out of trouble. If the disciple could learn this one lesson, many of life’s problems would be resolved.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter Henrichsen
“You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the good of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? Henceforth we deem the arrogant blessed; evildoers not only prosper but when they put God to the test they escape.”‘ Malachi 3:14-15
Their experience with pain caused Israel to build a case against God: ‘Where is the profit in serving God? Our lack of prosperity is an indication that God is parsimonious.” In this they take the problem with pain beyond the question that both Job and Psalm 73 raise. For example, Job was prosperous and lost it, and his friends accused him of sin. In the days of Malachi, the people never experienced prosperity and blame God for withholding His blessing. To question why God’s people suffer is different from accusing God of being stingy and unloving. When you ascribe to God anything but good you are but a short step from calling Him evil. Job did not understand why God afflicted him, but Job did not deny the goodness of God or ascribe to Him evil.
God owes you nothing. He has promised you salvation through His Son, but that does not include temporal prosperity. If you are angry or bitter that your standard of living does not meet your expectations, in the final analysis, you blame God who says, “I put down one and set up another.” 436 God is both good and generous. He may not give you what you want, but not because He is stingy. If you do not understand His ways, tell Him, but never accuse Him of being parsimonious.
436 Psalm 75:6-7
Daniel 8-10 3 John 1 (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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