Why didn’t God come through for me when I needed Him most?
The error of being foolish
- The Wise
- The Foolish
The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
“7 Whoever corrects a mocker invites insults; whoever rebukes the wicked incurs abuse. 8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you.”
Actions ≠ Outcomes
The error of being perfect
“He'll be here
With the answer to the prayers that
You made through the year
You'll get yours
If you've done everything you should
extra special good”
- (Everybody’s Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag
“1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’”
Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do."
"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Every gift God gives is a gift of grace
…What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”
Your actions have real consequences.
God’s grace is not contingent upon your actions.
The world is not presently as God wants it.
“20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.”
We have an enemy.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Our deepest needs are eternal.
God did come through for you when you needed him most.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.