“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14)
Much though we don’t like to admit it we have good times and bad. Some say it is not acting in faith to admit this. My bible tells me God is in all things, in all times, both the good and the bad. Here it specifically says God has made both. Enjoy the good and work with God in the bad.
“Come to Jesus and everything will go well”, is not the gospel. He will walk with us and give us the strength to endure, persevere, fight when required and overcome when we need to.
He is with us always, good and bad, and will always be with us, never forsake us, giving us all we need all the time.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you are with me in the good and the bad, Holy Spirit” Amen
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (Job 1:21)
A God that takes away as well as gives? I am not sure that fits with our individualistic, self centered, post-modern, positive thinking, lifestyle oriented, materialistic, and capitalist view of God. Have we constructed an idol for ourselves? Do we expect Him to do our bidding? How easily can faith become presumption?
We are here a few short years. An insignificant spec in time, yet we demand of an eternal God, a conformity to our expectations. Sometimes we will not understand from an eternal perspective.
Sometimes it will look like God has done us wrong. He gives and He takes away. Will we still serve Him? Yes, for in Him are the answers to all things, and eternal life in Christ.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you give and that you take away in your wisdom.” Amen
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.” (Phi 3:7–8)
Value is a concept that is important in all businesses. We need to express true value to our clients and customers to ensure their business and to get them to purchase our products or services.
How we value something determines what we will pay for it. When we value something very highly, we will sacrifice a lot to attain it. Here Paul puts his previous life and wealth into perspective compared to the value of knowing Jesus. He counted all his previous gains and what he had lost as pure rubbish—just nothing—compared with the relationship he now had with Jesus. Are we that committed?
Quick Prayer: All value is expressed in You. Amen.