How Can Anyone Believe In A God Like That?—Job 1:1-2:10

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Levi Durfey 

 

Tami and I were watching an old TV cop show when the characters starting talking about Job. The detective in the show summarized the book of Job in a few sentences, that God and the devil were having a contest over this man, Job. God allows Job to lose everything and to suffer immensely

 

And then detective said two things that caught my attention: 

 

First, he says that, after God allows Job to suffer so much, God doesn’t apologize. God doesn’t tell Job that he’s sorry. Well, that statement just shows how self-centered human beings are! Imagine, walking up to the holy and perfect Lord of the Universe and wanting an apology!

 

Then the detective says, “Who would want to believe in a God like that?” It was a one-two punch that got me thinking. What would I have said if I had been sitting at the lunch counter with that detective? How can anyone believe in a God that allows so much suffering to happen? 

 

If the detective had ever really read Job, he would have known the answer.

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God Is Good All The Time

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Levi Durfey 


GOD’S GOODNESS IN GEORGE MÜLLER’S LIFE, PART 1

 

George Müller was a prayerful man of God in the 19th century. Relying on prayer and faith in God, he built orphanages and saved the lives of over 10,000 children in England. 

 

He had a faith that firmly believed that God was a good Father and would provide all his needs and the needs of the orphans. Müller is known for never asking for money to support the orphanages, but instead praying for God to supply all his needs. He had a firm belief in the goodness of God.

 

God’s goodness to Müller included his wife, Mary, who was a great help to him in running the orphanages. Müller described the work that Mary did:

 

Her occupation…was to get ready the many hundreds of neat little beds for the dear Orphans, most of whom had never seen such beds, far less slept in them…It was to get good blankets that she was busied, thus to serve the Lord Jesus, in caring for these dear bereaved children, who had not a mother or father to care for them. 

 

It was to provide numberless other useful things in the Orphan Houses, and especially for the sick rooms of the Orphans, that, day by day, except on the Lord’s days, she was seen in the Orphan Houses. (George Müller, Autobiography of George Müller: A Million and a Half in Answer to Prayer [London: J. Nisbet and Co., 1914], 434)

 

Lest you think that Mary’s value was only in the work that she did, Müller also said that he and Mary had the happiest of marriages:

 

Thousands of times I told her—“My darling, I never saw you at any time since you became my wife, without my being delighted to see you.”…

 

Our happiness in God, and in each other, was indescribable. We had not some happy days every year, nor a month of happiness every year; but we had twelve months of happiness in the year, and thus year after year. 

 

Often and often did I say to that beloved one, and this again and again even in the fortieth year of our [marriage]—“My darling, do you think there is a couple in Bristol, or in the world, happier than we are?” (Müller, 435)

 

A wife who was a great help, who shared an equal devotion to a successful ministry to orphans and to Christ, and a marriage that was intensely happy. Who could ask for anything more?George Müller rejoiced in God’s goodness in giving Mary to him.

 

But we might wonder—God was good to George Müller in those incidents, but was he good to Müller all the time? We’ll come back to George and Mary Müller later and see how he answered that question—but first, we must ponder God and his goodness.

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Trust and Obey—Proverbs 3:5-6

 

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Levi Durfey 

 

Fifteen years ago today, the United States experienced a Pearl Harbor for this generation. In the years since then, 9/11 has brought many changes to our world and way of life. 

 

There are questions about the balance between our right to privacy and the need for security. And then there’s constant warfare against terrorists in faraway places like Syria and Iraq. And, of course, getting on an airplane is much different from what it used to be.

 

I remember talking with other pastors and Christians after 9/11. We wondered if the tragedy would turn people back to the Lord. We wondered if the churches would see a spike in attendance. 

 

Well, the little town of Longville where we lived then, didn’t see any changes in church attendance, but nationwide there was a spike in church attendance. But it was a temporary spike that was soon gone. One person reported:

 

After Sept. 11, Gallup reported that church attendance in the U.S. jumped from 41 percent to 47 percent. Less than two years later, that percentage was down to 38 percent. Last year it hovered around 36 percent.

 

For an extremely brief window of time, the collapse of the World Trade Center towers prompted many Americans to reexamine their lives and ask some probing questions. But it didn’t last. The effect faded with the shock. (http://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/blog/15-years-later-looking-back-on-9-11/ )

 

Imagine, there have permanent changes in the way we travel on airplanes since 9/11, but no permanent changes in the spiritual soul of our nation. Quite the opposite, as atheists have become more outspoken and numerous since 9/11.

 

We all face difficult times in our lives—not on the scale of 9/11, but those tough times can be a personal 9/11 to us. 

 

We have difficult choices to make from time to time in our lives. How do we make those choices and face those times?

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 is perhaps the most famous of the Proverbs. It has guided countless believers through trials and choices for centuries.

 

5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5–6)

 

First, above all things, and in all times, whether good or evil, we are to…

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Are You Okay? The Need and Nature of Salvation—Romans 3:23-24

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Levi Durfey 

 

This last spring, I took our canoe out on Fort Peck Lake by myself. I had gone out with the kids several times, with no problems, so I figured it would be even easier to go by myself without the extra weight (which, as it turned out, is actually a good thing to have in the right places in a canoe).

 

For awhile I was fine, but then the wind came up a little and there were a few big boats that made some waves. I got a course back to camp laid in and started paddling, but the canoe kept spinning around and pointing the wrong way. 

 

Later, when I made it back to camp and the family told me that my bow was sticking up out of the water, I realized that I had made a rookie mistake and sat in the back of the canoe.

 

But at that point, on the lake, I didn’t know that. I was stuck in a frustrating cycle of getting the canoe pointed in the right direction, paddling a few strokes, and then having it spin around on me.

 

Then, out of nowhere, comes this old man with a white beard in a jalopy of a boat. I mean it was just a little old boat that looked as old as the man himself did. He putters up and says, “Are you okay?”

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