Do We Trouble the Lord?

“…why troublest thou the Master any further?

Mark 5.35


A man was trying to get help for his daughter.  She was dying.  Actually, the truth was that she had already died.  “While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” (Mark 5:35)


In their grief they said, “Why?”  “Why bother?”


Why trouble the Lord about this?  It’s too late… she’s gone.  She is dead!

What Is Man?

“What is man…?” - Job 7.17


What sort of question is this?  “What is man…?”


Man is… well, man is…


Man is probably the most vulnerable of all of God’s creation, “vulnerable” meaning WEAK!


Can man - run like a cheetah?  Swim like a fish?  Fly like an eagle?  Or even a pigeon?  Climb like cat?  Drink like a camel?  Eat like a grizzly – then sleep like one?  If only!


His Mercy Endureth Forever.

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good:

for his mercy endureth for…” - Psalm136.1


O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy…


Time for a quiz – multiple choice!


A.      O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for awhile, for people who are really good?


B.      O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for a lifetime!  After that… well who knows?


Allowed of God

“…we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel…” - 1 Thessalonians 2.4


That really is an amazing statement!


“…we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel…”


God has intrusted us with the Gospel!


Faithful are the wounds of a friend

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” - Proverbs 27:6


This is such a universal truth!  I think every culture would have a similar proverb.


It is our friends, our true friends who put their “neck on the line” to tell us the truth – and often our worst enemies that just “sweet talk” us into all sorts of trouble!


Someone put it this way:  “You can kiss a fool, and a fool can kiss you, but don’t ever let a kiss fool you!”


Obey or Don't

“…what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” - 1 Peter 4.17


Often the Bible says things in a way that we have not thought of before.  The above verse says something that I find very interesting:  A person’s eternity depends on simple obedience.


“...the gospel…”


The LORD, Deceived Me?

O LORD, thou hast deceived me,”?


What sort of person would say such a thing!?


 O LORD, thou hast deceived me,”


It sounds bad.


And, who would dare to talk to God like that?  Especially someone in the Bible?  Is it the wicked King Ahab?  Or maybe his evil wife Jezebel?  Maybe it is King Herod, or Pilot?



“Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,

even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  - Romans 6.4


Baptism - A Picture Only.


It was a blessing to baptize five people in to the membership of our church Sunday.  It was also a good time to keep the message clear and plain.


Yet Trouble Came

“…yet trouble came.” - Job 3.26


Somehow that doesn’t sound very good…


“…yet trouble came.”


Here Job says that he is struggling.  He says that his life is difficult and he is seriously and honestly trying to understand why this is so. 


He is not ignoring the issues, whatever they may be.  He is not trying to avoid any responsibility.  He is not trying to think these troubles will “just go away”… he states, “I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet…”


Thoughts of Peace

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”  - Jeremiah 29:11


I love this verse and it comes to my mind often.


Sometimes it truly amazes me that God has chosen to love me, and bless me and there is really little I need to do but follow by faith and lean on Him. 


We should never lose sight of the fact that it is the Lord’s will to bless us!