by Pastor Tim Burt
Psa 37:39-40 “The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.”
“Why me God?” Have you ever heard anyone express that sentiment when going through a difficult or challenging time of adversity? It is a question that you yourself might have lifted up but forgotten. Over the years, I have tried to share insight into this question because it is a question that will continue to be asked until we are one day with the Lord.
Satan, who is a very real force in the earth, loves this question. I would imagine that if any one statement gave him extreme pleasure, it would be this statement. Why? Because it is usually asked when someone is feeling isolated and beaten up or persecuted by circumstances – forces unknown to them. Satan loves it because he knows that most people will somehow blame God – the very result he would hope for.
First of all, understand that every human being was created with an inward desire to know and understand God. Consequently, every human being goes on some kind of a soul search in their lifetime. People abandon faith in God when they wrongly understand or conclude who He is and what He is like. Although our human intellect is a wonderful God-given gift to help us observe and comprehend all that God has created, it has great limitations in its ability to see or understand spiritual truths. Only those who have given their life to Jesus Christ have been given the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is He who reveals the things of God to our spirit. Those that don’t have Jesus can’t understand spiritual truths. There human intellect will not be able to help them in this regard. Let me explain further.
God gives us a capacity to understand things that are beyond the human intellect through our human spirit. But, that can only happen when there is a joining of our human spirit with the Holy Spirit of God. That happens when we give our lives to Jesus Christ. He then gives us His Holy Spirit who is the teacher of our human spirit. John 16:13 says, “But when the Holy Spirit comes, He will guide you into all truth.” It is through our spirit that we have the ability and capacity to comprehend and grasp the revealed truths of God that the human intellect cannot. Let’s look to God’s Word to see this truth.
1 Cor 2:11-14 “… no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Holy Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by His Holy Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the help of God’s Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
When people try to figure out God through human intellect and reasoning, they in a sense, create their own god. I say that because they shape Him in their minds to what they think He should be. I did that before I gave my life to Jesus. I spent the first twenty-three years of my life trying to figure out God. Your human intellect is not capable of doing so. Consequently, you will either make the wrong decision that there is no God, or you will ultimately create a version of God to your own liking – something that has happened worldwide throughout history and that Jesus Himself warned us would happen. Only God Himself has the right to tell us who He is and what His desire for us and this life is!
The devil, not God, loves the confusion that comes from people creating their own version of God and how He operates. Satan is the author of confusion. 1 Cor 14:33 says, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace…” Keeping people confused about God through lies and deceits is Satan’s greatest triumph – although quite temporary!
Satan’s very nature and undermining power of God is the lie. Jesus revealed this in John 8:44 saying, “… for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” He lied to Adam and Eve to steal what God had for them in the Garden. He has been deceiving man every since. His first goal through deception is misleading people about who God is. Satan works to deceive people into believing that he does not exists but is only a fictional caricature of Halloween and horror movies only. He then deceives people into thinking that the evil that has attacked their life has come upon them from the hand of god.
Too many people that are experiencing hardship never really discover there is enemy of their soul that works to destroy their life. They think every evil, hurt, and mishap happens at the hand of God. Thus, when bad things happen to people, they ask the question, “Why me God,” as though it were God’s doing. Satan loves that. He works evil and God gets the blame!
What they don’t know is that God that is not the source of their problems. He gave us Jesus to be the solution to every situation and every need! We see it in today’s Fresh Manna promise. “The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD; He is their stronghold in time of trouble. The LORD helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge (have faith and believe in) Him.” Jesus is your hope, your help and your answer – not your problem. Cry out to Him.
Psalm 34:6-7 (NLT) “I cried out to the Lord in my suffering, and He heard me. He set me free from all my fears. For the angel of the Lord guards all who fear Him, and He rescues them.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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