My pastor published an article which ended:
“I still have doubts. I still wrestle. I still struggle to understand the Bible…the sufferings of this world…the apparent absence of God in times of need…the “inner workings” of prayer…the overt failures and faults of those who claim to follow God…and how all this fits together in the chaotic craziness of this life.”
Thankfully, the above concerns do have solid Biblical answers. To begin, life outside of Christ is chaotic and crazy. Without God in our lives and in our society, there is no center of balance, no clearly defined purpose. Life seems to be random. Despite the craziness and chaos all about us, we are secure knowing that our citizenship is in heaven, Philippians 3:20. The problems in this world, and even with many who consider themselves Christian, are defined in the two verses preceding this one:
Philippians 3:18-19 (NASB) “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.”
These “appetites” for “earthly things” are the lust for power, greed, self-indulgence, and the sort. These appetites are found in the microcosm of family and personal relationships and in the macrocosm of industry and government. Both James and John well define it:
James 1:14-15 (NASB) But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. James 4:2 (NASB) You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask.
1 John 2:16 (NASB) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
In a series of short articles, I am going to address these concerns of pastor with solid, Scripturally-based answers.
— the sufferings of this world
— the apparent absence of God in times of need
— the “inner workings” of prayer
— the overt failures and faults of those who claim to follow God
— and how all this fits together in the chaotic craziness of this life.
~because it matters