There is a question that has bothered, and even plagued, the hearts and minds of Christian people for ages:Peter said in chapter 5, verse 8, of his first letter, that “the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” That’s true, but it’s not the answer to our question.
Why do bad things happen to wonderful, Spirit-filled people who love God with all their hearts? Terrible things happen for seemingly no reason. The answer is found in Deuteronomy 30:19. Let’s look at it first in the King James Version and then in the New Living Translation.
- I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.
There you have it.The NLT really makes it clear:
- Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!
Now think about this: Israel’s poor choices prolonged their journey through the wilderness from 11 days to 40 years!
Look at the sad commentary in Proverbs 1:28-29 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition):
- Then will they call upon me [Wisdom] but I will not answer; they will seek me early and diligently but they will not find me.
- Because they hated knowledge the reverent and worshipful fear of The LORD.
Jesus made this abundantly clear in Matthew 22:1-14. Verses 2-3 sum it up perfectly:
- The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,
- And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
THEYTO NOT COME! The King could not because they ignored His invitation so they could do what they wanted to do, instead of what He, the King, The King, here, is God.
For way too long,to run from the call of God for me to go to Oral Roberts University. It was a decision that almost got my whole family killed. It was just the grace of God and the never-ceasing intercessory prayers of my mother that kept that from happening.
Now let’s look at the practical side of this: Never underestimate a delay. Remember, we’re talking about bad things happening topeople. Let’s look at Psalm 37:23:
- The steps of a good man are ordered by The LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
This “good” person’s steps are ordered of The LORD. Gloria and I learned many years ago to stand on that verse, and rest when it seemed as though our well-laid plans were delayed. I’m talking about things like travel plans and ministry goals, etc. I learned many years ago, as a pilot, topush flying into bad weather, Even if it meant losing my job!
Twofriends of mine were killed by making foolish decisions. The first one was killed by totally ignoring of a powerful man of God whom my friend and his pilot trusted. He actually begged them to stay overnight and go home in the morning. “No,” they said, “we have very important meetings in the morning.”
I’ve landed at the airport where they tried to land. It’s infamous for nighttime fog. It’s a small airport that was closer to their home. I knew the pilot. He was a good pilot, but he made a bad choice also. Good weather was only 25 miles away. Instead of justhe chose to “take a look” there first, and they crashed. All three went to heaven that night.
Another very good friend of mine was getting ready to board an airliner, when he had an inward witness to wait and take another flight. His friend, also a Spirit-filled minister of the gospel, wouldn’t listen. I’m not talking about being afraid to fly. My friendstands on Psalm 37:23— He was considerably late to his appointment but that airplane crashed, and his friend went to heaven that day.
Now on a lighter note. I’ve had The LORD speak to my spirit and say, Don’t go to the office this morning like you usually do.There are people alive today who missed being killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 because they chose to listen.
The key to victory in all this is to not be in such a hurry that youto pray listen. Don’t just jump in your car in the morning and go. of Jesus over your car, and Remember, Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life” (John 10:10).
whether I’m flying or not, we stop long enough to pray, “Father, we plead THE BLOOD of Jesus over this airplane for protection against every evil spirit, every evil person, and every wicked plan of the devil is stopped and thwarted. Ministering angels, lift us up in your hands lest we dash our foot against a stone. Keep us in all our way, according to the 91st Psalm, ” We do this on every flight, not just the first flight of the day. We have trained ourselves to put the plans of God first. The key word here is
Well, there’s so much that could be said, but it’s more than I can put into this letter.
As you sow your BLESSING seed this month, act on what you’ve read. Be still. Listen. Pray quietly in the spirit. Then listen some more. Take theto be still and that HE IS GOD!
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As I sow my BLESSING seed this month, I decide to choose life. I take the time to be still, listen and know that He is God! (Deuteronomy 30:19)
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