Are you suffering, have bad things happened? Are you afraid? Genesis 50:19-21 might help you.[ “But Joseph replied to them, ‘Have no fear. Can I take the place of God? Even though you meant harm to me, God meant it for good, to achieve his present end, the survival of many people. Therefore, have no fear. I will provide for you and for your children’. By thus speaking kindly to them, he reassured them.]. My blogging sister Katharine and I were both pondering on this verse today. Isn’t that an amazing coincidence? Here is the post she wrote about it. http://katharinetrauger.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/it-works-no-matter-what/My friend Louise says that coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
Now, I have been writing lately about forming consensus, discussing things rationally, being respectful, and caring about truth. There are a lot of people suffering, and suffering for various reasons. But you see, God can use suffering and work miracles. He can bring about good. Even though some person, or some company, or some government, or whoever intends to harm you (or is intending to help you even though he/she/they know it could harm you) we need not fear. Yes there can be hardship, suffering, illness, and more. But God will see us through. He promised He would.
Our senses and experiences tell us to fear, especially when life seems so dismal. Our logic and emotions tell us no good can come out of what is going on. But our faith, ah–that is another thing entirely. Our faith tells us that eternity awaits. Now, it may feel as though we have already been suffering for an eternity. But our suffering will fall away.
We can rest in comfort tonight. You see, as a friend once said to me, “God not forget”. Not only will He not forget; He will work good through it all. Rest in comfort. Know that He loves you. He always has and always will. The government and the insurance companies may have us in the ‘cross hairs’ and things are deteriorating into fighting and more. But you see, in this cynical world there are people who love, there are people who care, there are people who reach out. Be renewed, be reassured. Every day people reach out in faith to a tender and loving God. What’s that? You say it’s hopeless or it’s not enough? Then let’s each do more; not “they”, us!
We shall not be vanquished, nor shall we be defeated. Enough of us will rise above the bickering. We will give and help and reach out. We won’t even wait for the government to do it first. We will give, we will help. Just watch us. Some of us will convince an insurance company to do the right thing; others will convince a pharmaceutical company to reconsider; others still will contribute to a charity that helps people; others will volunteer time, talent, or treasure; others still will receive just the right help at just the right time; I know it. How? I know it because people are sick and tired of feeling worn down, cynical, frightened, and helpless.
So they are just going to start taking care of things in new ways. Congress is frozen. Let them stay stuck. We are going to have to show THEM the way. We don’t have to agree before we act. If you are inspired to try to effect change in a certain way ~ get started. Start locally. Advocate. Believe. We can do this. We can help each other. If DC would rather bicker than solve, so what? It is up to us to take care of business. It always has been up to us, but for a long time we passed the buck and let the government take care of it.
But pray first ~ God will lead each of us in different ways. As we follow, things will get resolved. Don’t be scared. He has our backs. Who will you help this week? How will you do it?