• After Death, Is Jesus God?, Rob Robinson, Why does God allow suffering?

    Posted on October 23rd, 2013

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    The Timing of the Lord in Prophecy

    The Timing of the Lord in Prophecy

    The testimony of John is that Lazarus was Jesus’ friend and that He loved him. The reasonable question would be why the Lord waited until His friend was dead before He came to him. Upon hearing that Lazarus was very sick, Jesus remained in Jerusalem for two days before departing the two-mile journey to Bethany. Most of us, when we have learned that a close friend or relative is very sick and may die, we would stop whatever we are doing and go to our friend immediately. Instead, Jesus waits. When the Lord arrived at the home of Mary and Martha, Lazarus had already been dead for four days. This can only mean that Jesus had intentionally stayed in Jerusalem until Lazarus had died.

    By the time that Jesus arrives in Bethany, Lazarus’ body was already in a rapid state of decomposition. The Lord wanted to make sure that all those who were there, as well as those who would read this story later, would understand that Lazarus was really dead. Jesus had a greater purpose for Lazarus than saving him from death. He wanted to demonstrate that He is the Messiah and that He has the power to resurrect to life all those who place their complete trust in Him.

    A delayed answer is often the Lord’s will

    A second important point that we should understand from this event: The Lord will often delay an answer to our pleas for help so that He can do an even greater work in our life. The sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, had lost hope when their brother had died. As Jesus came into Bethany, Martha ran to meet Jesus; while Mary sat alone in the house. Everyone believed that it was too late, but Jesus wanted all of us to know that nothing is too hard for Him. When the circumstances of our life seem hopeless, this is when the Lord can do His greatest work. We should never give up in trusting the Lord. We don’t know what He might want to do even when we see no possibility of a solution. Remember that the Lord always has your best interest at heart. Everything which He brings you to, He will also bring you through. Though it might seem hopeless, you serve a God in whom all things are possible.

  • God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    God Loves Us So Much, He Will Allow Us to Suffer

    It is worth noting that the some of common people perceived that Jesus was the LORD, while the religious leaders, and a majority of Israel did not recognize Him. The religious leaders were filled with their own self interest and pride. The poor and common people, were constantly seeking the Lord, hoping and watching for His arrival.

    It is a fact of life that a person who is suffering or undergoing a deep time of trials, is more likely to be receptive to Jesus, than the person who is experiencing an abundance in their life. We seem to be more receptive to the Love of God when our life is severely lacking. This is the primary reason that Jesus said that the poor are “Blessed” because the kingdom of God is theirs.

    Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Notice that Jesus does not necessarily say that a person must be poor to obtain the kingdom of heaven. He says that a person who is “poor in spirit” can obtain the kingdom of heaven. To be poor in spirit is to be humble and broken over the reality of sin in our life. To have an awareness that we are a sinner, and that we need a Savior. This kind of “spirit”, allows a person to come to God, repent of their sins, and obtain forgiveness and the blessings of eternal life, “the kingdom of heaven”.

    A person who has been living a life of material blessing, can also have a “poor spirit” that cries out to God for mercy and salvation, but it is much more unlikely that this will occur. There is something about being self sufficient in having enough money and accumulated material possessions, that prevents many people from searching for God in their life.

  • A Prayer for Newtown Connecticut and Our Nation

    A Prayer for Newtown Connecticut and Our Nation

    “Father, as we consider those in New Town Connecticut who have suffered such a great loss, our hearts and minds are directed at their suffering. We know Lord that you hate what happened to their precious children and those in the school where so many died. We understand Lord that you did not want this to happen, and that you suffer and grieve as we do for those who had their lives taken.

    Father, our world and our nation is plagued with evil and disrepect for human life. The conscience of some of our people has been seared and can no longer feel empathy and compassion for others. Evil men commit horrific acts of violence now on tiny children while they learn in their schools. Oh Lord, we are so filled with grief at this moment. We do not have the words to express how much our heart aches, and cannot find solace in anything. Please be our peace now, and remind us that you are still with us, and love us, for without you at this moment we cannot endure this terrible time of pain…

  • When Bad Things Happen, People Turn to God

    When Bad Things Happen, People Turn to God

    Friday, December 14, 2012, 20 children and 7 adults were gunned down by 20 year old, Adam Landa in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Answers to why this young man committed such a horrific act are still not known.

    Every news agency, every newspaper and online news agency is covering the details of the shooting and searching for a reason for why so many died senselessly.

    When horrific and unexplainable acts of violence and the resulting deep despair and suffering that come from these tragedies, many people turn back to God for comfort and answers. Thankfully, no matter how far we may have been from God up to that point, He is always eager to welcome us and come to us in our times of need.

    It is in these moments without answers, and the intense suffering that plague our heart, that we often feel the need to return to a close relationship with the Lord. Tomorrow, it is certain that churches all across America will be filled by people looking for answers and comfort. After the tragedy of 9/11, and Columbine, all over our nation, churches were packed with eager listeners.

    The reason that we turn to God when our hearts are broken, is that we know inherently, deep within our hearts, that God is real, He cares for us, and that He alone can comfort us in these terrible moments of suffering.

  • Understanding Why God Permits Evil in the World

    Understanding Why God Permits Evil in the World

    As we wake to a morning of deep sorrow over the loss of so many beautiful children, and the parents who loved them deeply, we are faced with many questions. In moments of such tragedy, people often ask why, if there is a loving and merciful God, does He allow so much suffering in the world? Why doesn’t God stop all of the evil in the world? Why does He allow men like Adam Lanza to execute children in their classroom, who have their whole lives ahead of them?

    We must remember that this is not the world that God originally created for us.

    When God first made man, the earth and everything on it was perfect and beautiful. He created a world that was without evil and violence. A place where only love and beauty prevailed.

    God made us with a personal ability to chose evil or good. We were made in the image of God, who has the power of self determination. With the privilege of choice comes responsibility for our actions. We can chose righteousness or sin. We can love or hate. We can kill or make peace. These are all choices that we make that not only affect us, but everyone around us.