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This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Trusting Faithfulness


“March on.  Do not tarry.  To go forward is to move toward perfection.  March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.”  Khalil Gibran

Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.  Proverbs 3:7-8

Everlasting:  “tediously persistent”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“The LORD is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His works.”  Psalm 145:17  Ok, I get the righteous part.  But kind?!  How can someone say that, how can God say that, when so much suffering happens in the world?  God created everything and is in control of everything, but still there is poverty and suffering and death.  One could take the easy road and say that those who are suffering don’t have God.  However, that seems a little simplistic and kinda like a lie to ourselves.  People who love the Lord suffer every day.  People who’ve accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior suffer everyday.  So how can God inspire someone to write that He is kind in all His works?  As I write this, as I ask these questions on paper, I’m hoping for an answer, just like you.  Because I don’t know the answer.  The only thing I can say is that perhaps God’s works are different than His will.  When we study the life of Job, a righteous person who lived for and loved God, we see a man who suffered greatly.  And for what?  To prove a point to the devil?  God did restore Job’s blessings in greater abundance than before, but I don’t think Job would choose to go through what he did for more stuff.  In the end, we see God saying to Job, that He is God and who is a person to question what they do not, cannot, understand.  In the end the Bible says that God brought evil upon Job.  But He then blessed Job greatly for being steadfast in his faithfulness through it.  In the perspective of eternity and heaven and everlasting life, what is kindness?  Is it kind to make a child wait through a sleepless night before they can open their gifts on Christmas morning?  Is it kind to expect a person to work for their wages?  It’s not for us to know what every act of kindness looks like.  In all God has done and will do there is a Savior.  A Savior who can turn every evil into good, when we put a steadfast faith in Him.  A faith that believes what He says, even when we don’t understand how it could be true.  A faith that relies on His work on the Cross, and not our own, to provide a salvation that will more than make up for the suffering we’ve all endured.  Because the Cross destroyed the everlastingness to the penalty of sin.  It means that there is no permanence to the ills of the world, but good will prevail permanently.  Job couldn’t see what would be restored to Him.  He didn’t understand what was happening to him and why.  All he knew was to be faithful.  We have the hope of salvation, the hope of the finished work on the Cross.  We know that the times of suffering will one day reveal God’s kindness in all He does.  However, we still need the faithfulness of Job.  A simple faithfulness.  Not perfection.  Trust.  

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading, 
Jake

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