Press On Amid Tough Issues

Posted by Site Admin On 11:37 AM

by Samuel D. Geroy
    Many issues are troubling, entertaining and challenging people today. Religious issues like what is happening to the Iglesia ni Cristo, tension between truth and tradition in the Roman Catholic church and grippling with work and family demands versus spiritual standards are among other believers. Political issues in the nation also occupy the minds of many people. Then there are new tensions among nations in the world - religious fanaticism and recent return of many Jews to their homeland (Jewish Aliyah). Add the eclipses of the sun and the moon in our generation that excite people to look to the stars as signs.
   But the biggest issue we deal with is ourselves - our desires, ambitions, concerns, loves and personal struggles.  The toughest issue is still me and you.  The biggest and most comprehensive issue is how we respond to God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He gives the fullest answer of love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).  No one else is as thorough as the Lord in giving answers to our needs and problems.

   The hardest issues are still ones that destroy our lives and relationships plus the threat of eternal punishment in hell fire if we do not accept Christ's forgiveness through faith in His death and resurrection.  Then follow personal acceptance, submission and dedication to the Lord all our days.  As God has forgiven us we must also give forgiveness and love to people we connect with.
   The next issue is how to escape the judgment of God with fire and brimstone like the ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1-29 because of their sin of homosexuality or LGBT culture.  When you tour the southern part of the Dead Sea today (1,400 feet below sea level) in Israel, the salt pits and barren landscape will reveal more than words the consequence of disobedience and sin against God.

   Wanting more than the necessary is also being judged by God.  Eli the priest wanted food more than what his body needed just like his sons Hophni and Phinehas as manifestation of their gluttony, disregard of God's holiness resulting in discipline (I Samuel 4).  A king named Eglon (Judges 3:17-21) was slain by judge Ehud because he was too fat to do battle with an enemy and for his sin of unbelief.  Many others loved wrong things instead of God like king Ahab and Queen Jezebel (I Kings 21).  Solomon loved many women (I King 11:3), the rich young ruler loved his possessions more than the Lord (Matthew 9:21), king Herod loved the praise f men and was judged for it (Acts 12:23).  Demas loved the world more than Christ (2 Timothy 4:10) and Judas sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:14, 15).  But God wants us to be content with what we have (Philippians 4:11, I Timothy 6:6, 8, Hebrews 13:6).  God promised never to leave or forsake us.
   For wanting more than the necessary, Jezebel was slain by Jehu and was eaten by dogs (I Kings 21:17-18, 840-814 BC).  Men of God were contented with what they had.  Abraham was promised the land of Israel but he bought only a small burial ground for his wife and himself.  He was content to live in tents and in the mountain of Hebron (Genesis 13:15).  The Lord's disciples left all to follow Him.  Matthew left his profession; Peter, James and John left their fishing business.  Other disciples left their ideals in order to follow Jesus.  Paul was content with godliness as great gain (I Timothy 6:6).  Mary and Joseph as parents of Jesus did not desire any compensation from God and remained a poor family after what they did.
   God gives us possessions only according to the life work He gives us.  Abraham did what he did because he was looking forward to eternal riches.  David reserved all his silver, gold and precious stones for the temple of the Lord and was content to live in a palace of cedar wood.
   Our life assignment from God is what is vital in our existence.  We should have money and possessions only as we need to fulfill our life calling.  We must have power and influence only as needed for our life assignment.  We must strive for property, better work, salary and power only as needed in our life calling.  Therefore, we must find our life calling and trust God to supply accordingly.
   God's concern is for us to fulfill our life work and He will provide all our needs along the way (Matthew 6:33).  The best path of life is to obey and follow His plan for our lives.