Isaiah 57:1-2 A Reason To Be Removed

The righteous perish, and no one take it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Death is something that most people have been around at least once or more times in their life. The older a person is, the more that he has seen death. As it occurs, often the question is asked, why?

Death is very hard on those who are still living. Those living are hurting from missing the loved one. Many go through struggles as to why the person had to die, especially when the person was very young, and maybe in great health.

It is even more difficult to see a person die young, who was a strong believer in Jesus and very active in being a witness. Looking at that person, others ask why God would remove that person because he was doing great work for God.

Although the reasons that God takes the life of a believer are as numerous as the stars in the sky and no one can fully understand the reason, Isaiah gives one good reason. That reason is to spare that person from evil, to give him rest and peace.

God knows the past, present and future of every person on this earth. He knows exactly what is going to happen to that person. As a human being, you do not know those things. you do not know how rough life will get for a person if he stays alive, but God does. God in His great wisdom and mercy will take the life of a person in order to spare them from a great evil.

Although as a human, you will miss the person, keep in mind where a dying believer will be when he dies. When a believer dies, he gets to go to Jesus and be at peace and rest for the rest of eternity. He steps into a world that is without pain, suffering or any evil.

As hard as it is to let someone go, let God’s wisdom prevail and let that person have the peace and rest God provides. Keeping a person here on this earth may be worse than the pain you are feeling in losing him. Trust God today and seek His peace and strength in your loss.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that God will comfort any loss in your life; that you will know the joy of others going to heaven; and that God presence will be strong in your life.

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Job 3:25-26 The Pain Of Great Loss

What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil. Job 3:25-26

After Job had gone through several attacks by Satan, he had lost nearly everything he ever had. He had lost his family, home, business, and health. Although he never cursed God, he felt the pain of all that loss. He felt as though all he had was turmoil in his life.

Losing everything is always painful for every person. There are people everywhere who are experiencing some type of loss. When a person loses his job, there is often a loss of peace in not knowing how to provide for his family. In a time of loss of health, a person often does not get the rest that is desired.

As people are going through great loss, the one thing that many people do is complain about their loss. They will talk to everyone who will listen about what has occurred in their life. They will search for sympathy from anyone and everyone they can get it from.

Along with seeking sympathy, many will often get mad at God for what has happened. They do not see that He is still in control and loves them. They will give up their rest and peace that God is willing to give them.

Job did not give up his belief in God, but he did complain to others about his loss. He felt the pain of all that he had lost. He was willing to curse his bad luck. Job did not curse God in the process of his complaining, nor did he blame anyone else. All he did was accept what had happened.

There may come times in your life when you will lose a lot or something of extreme value. As human being it is reality that the loss is painful. For a time there will seem to be no peace or rest.

You may be tempted to get angry with God or to blame God or someone else. Neither of these will be correct attitudes to have. Recognize the pain and the loss, but in the end seek God. Trust in God’s almighty power and control in your life. Seek His peace and rest for your soul.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that God will wrap His arms of love around you in your times of loss; that you will have God’s peace and rest in your life; and that you will not fill your life with complaints, but of praises to God.

Job 1:20-21 Praising God In Loss

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:20-21

God had allowed Satan to strike at Job, but not to touch Job himself. Enemies had come into Job’s land and place, and killed off all of his children, and taken all of his cattle and grain. Although Job was distressed about this, he knelt down and praised God. He knew that he had come into this world with nothing and will leave it with nothing.

Loosing things is very difficult for most people. When a person looses a house or car, they are often very distressed and angry at someone or something. It is even more difficult when a person looses a loved one. Many people have become extremely angry when they lost a loved one to a sickness or an accident.

People feel that they have a right to having something or someone. If that thing or person is taken away from them, their rights are violated.

Believers must have a different view, as Job did. He realized that everything he had was given by God. God is the one in control. Since God is the one who is in control and He is the one who gave it, He also has the authority to take it away.

Satan had no power to take anything from Job, until God gave him the power and authority to do so.

The same thing applies to your own life. Everything you have has been given to you by God. Everything that is taken away from you, has been taken by God’s permission.

Keeping that in mind, you must give God praise through it all, in the good times and in the bad times. Be like Paul in being content with little or with a lot. Praise God continually and in all things. He knows what is best for you. He will take what you don’t need and give you what you do need.

I pray today that you will find contentment in God; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will praise God in all things; and that you will not be angry when God removes something from you.

2 Samuel 12:20 Moving On Past Tragedy

Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. 2 Samuel 12:20

After David found out that Bathsheba had become pregnant by him, he had her husband killed. Although this was done in secret, God knew and sent Nathan, a prophet, to him to confront him about it. God chose to take the child’s life. While the child was sick, David prayed and fasted, hoping God would relent from taking the child’s life. Once the child had died, David did not spend time mourning the loss of the child, but got up and started eating and worshiping God again.

Tragedy is something that hits people very hard. Loss of a loved one, extreme illness, loss of a job, loss of a part of the body, or one of many other things in life that are hard-hitting. It is very difficult when tragedy hits a person.

Most people begin a time of mourning and weeping at the loss or the tragedy. It is very common for people to go into a time of depression and blaming God for what had happened. Some will even walk away from God because of the tragedy.

Once David’s son had died, he realized there was nothing more that could be done. He cleaned up and went to the temple to worship God. He trusted God’s choice in taking his son’s life. David was willing to worship God, despite the tragedy, and then move on with life.

Staying in depression will not solve or change anything, but keep one miserable.

You may be going through a great tragedy now, or have gone through one in the past. Focus your life on God’s love, mercy, and control. Trust that God knows what He is doing and allowing. Do not get angry with God, but worship Him in spite of the tragedy. Then move on with life.

God has given you the gift of life, don’t waste it in depression about a tragedy in life.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will trust all that God is doing in your life; that God will strengthen you in a tragedy; and that you will lean on God for strength.

John 11:14-15 Lazarus is Dead

“So then he told them plainly, Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

While Jesus was going around teaching, a message was brought to Him that Lazarus was very sick. He chooses not to go to see him. After a few days Jesus tells the disciples that Lazarus has fallen asleep and He needs to go and wake him up. Not understanding, the disciples state that sleep is good. Jesus says that Lazarus is dead.

The interesting part of this event is that Jesus was glad He was not with Lazarus at that moment. It appears that Jesus wanted Lazarus to die.

This is a very hard thing for many people to accept. Why would Jesus want Lazarus to die? He had to die in order to show a greater miracle of raising him from the dead several days later. All the disciples and the people would be a witness to this coming miracle.

In life there will be times when you are going through a tough battle. It could be sickness, injury, loss of a job, loss of a loved one, or something else catastrophic. You may be praying for God to bring about a healing or a recovery.

As you are praying for a miracle, the situation continues to get worse. It looks like a failure on God’s part. Many people get angry with God for not bringing about a healing.

Yet, God may be holding off for a greater miracle. Healing Lazarus would have been a great miracle, but when He raised Lazarus from the dead it was much greater.

Seek to know what God’s desire is. What is God’s timing in the situation you are in? Wait for that. It may not be the right time for the miracle. Are you willing to wait for God? Are you willing to trust Him?

Lazarus may be dead, but God has a greater plan for Him. Your situation may be dead, but God may have a greater plan for you.

I pray today that God will give you peace in the situations in your life; that you will be willing to wait for God’s answer; that God will give you His discernment on the timing; and that God will do great things in and through you.