You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to look around you and see that there are people with bigger problems than you have.
God: I forgive you
Me: I am ashamed
God: I told you that I forgive you
Me: But, I wish I had stayed in the church from my youth like some of the other people in the church
God: (sigh) Why, my child, can you not accept forgiveness?
Me: But, Lord…my life would not be so hard if I had not gone my own way
God: How is your life hard? I have blessed you anyway...
Me: If I had been good, you may have given me a child of my own…
(Immediately, God brought to my remembrance a young couple in my church with only one child – a profoundly disabled child)
God: Do you think your life is this hard?
Me: Oh Lord, no. I am so sorry I said that. Bless that family, please?
God: Do you see how happy they are with their child?
Me: Yes, but it must be so hard for them…
God: They are strong enough to carry my cross…
Me: I am ashamed….
For who can make straight
What He has made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful,
But in the day of adversity consider:
Surely God has appointed one as well as the other,
So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
b. A wicked man who lives long in his wickedness
Then Solomon says this:
Do not be overly righteous,
Nor be overly wise:
Why should you destroy yourself?
Do not be overly wicked,
Nor be foolish:
Why should you die before your time?
a. Get understanding
b. Pray without ceasing
c. Hang on to the Lord – do not stray
d. Revere the Lord