When All Hell Breaks Loose (book review)

Title: When All Hell Breaks Loose
Author: Deborah Wittmier
Publisher: Xulon Press
Date: 2021
Pages: 149

When All Hell Breaks Loose (book review)

Every person has challenges or adversities in life that occur on and off on a regular basis. Most of the challenges are not very large and are easy to deal with. Sometimes, however, it feels as if all hell breaks loose in your life and everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Life is completely turned upside down and everything is helter-skelter. It may feel as if God has thrown you out and forgotten about you, leaving you to your torment and suffering.

This book is about when things like this occur in your life and how to move forward despite the setbacks. Deborah Wittmier, the author, had such a situation occur in her life. She is a minister and does a lot of missions work in Africa with her husband, Harvey.

In 2018, she noticed her vision was not very good for some unknown reason. After getting examined by a doctor, they found out that she had a brain tumor and they needed to do brain surgery to remove it.

In this book she discusses the fears and struggles that she had. She talks about her insecurities and feelings of no value, while wondering why God did not just miraculously heal her. As she does this, she allows you to apply it to any situation that is horrible in your own life.

The first section talks about how to face the adversity in your life. The next section talks about how to walk through it with the eyes of God. The final section looks at how to make room for victory.

At the end of each chapter, she asks a few questions to get you to thinking about how to apply what she talked about. She makes it very clear that this is not an easy road to travel, but at the same time God is with the person and makes a way. There are times she points out where she had the wrong thoughts or attitudes about what was occurring with each setback and trouble, yet God, in His mercy strengthened and guided her.

Although she did not get the complete victory as she would have loved to have, God did bring her through it with great health and no more brain tumor.

Harvey and Deborah Wittmier

I highly recommend this book if you have ever gone through some traumatic experience in your life, or if you have not, read it to be prepared in your mind and heart for any setbacks that will occur. It is a short book and easy to read, but will tug at your heart, even with small troubles or setbacks that you may be going through with day to day in your own life.

Genesis 1:31 All That God Does Is Good

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day. Genesis 1:31

Businesses and people are making things every day all around the world. New products of nearly everything imaginable are being created for people to use.

As these are being made, some come out very good and become popular. Other things are not so good to even horrible and fail at gaining the desire of the people. When things fail or are not so good, some will attempt to improve them, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing in the end.

Genesis begins with God creating everything that is. As He finishes creating everything on the sixth day, He sees that everything is not just good, but very good.

The world tends to think that God made some mistakes. It is common to hear people say that God made a mistake or was cruel when a baby is born with a deformity. Or that He made a mistake in allowing a person to get sick or die.

God makes everything in perfection, but many people forget that man messes things up. It is because of man’s sin that sickness, pain, and death occur on a regular basis.

All the sin of man does not negate the perfection of God’s work. Everything that God does is very good. It is done with a focus of giving life, the best life to each and every person.

Some will choose to believe God and follow His path to eternal and perfect life. They will see the goodness of God’s choices and path for their lives and walk in it.

Many will choose to reject God, believing that they know a better way to life and in the end will only bring death and destruction.

Despite all of the challenges in your life, God loves you and wants only the best for you. Just as much as God is out to build you up, the world is out to destroy you and tear you down.

Rather than blaming God for what the world is doing, trust God and follow Him. Know that He will never do anything that is not very good in light of eternity. Things may be painful in the moment, but it is only a very short momentary second in the face of eternal life with God someday.

Know that all that God does is very good.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will see the goodness of all that God does; and that you will become more like Jesus every day.

Philippians 2:14 Doing Things With The Right Attitude

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Philippians 2:14

One thing that can be heard nearly everywhere one goes is grumbling or arguing. Very few people are content with their bosses or the job that they are required to do.

Break rooms are filled with people complaining about what they have to do or complaining about their supervisor. As they are discontent and grumbling, many will also choose to argue about what they have to do. If let go long enough, fights will break out or people quit and run away from it.

Right after describing the attitude Jesus had with going to the cross, Paul tells the people to do everything without grumbling or arguing.

Those in the world are not the only ones that will grumble and complain on a regular basis, many believers will act in the same way. Churches are filled with people who grumble about things in the church or the way things are going. Not only do they grumble about the people in the church, but they grumble about how God does or does not do something.

Along with the grumbling, many will also be arguing with someone or with God. Severe arguments break out on how to do or not do something, and many will leave the church. Some will be like Jonah and argue with God and get mad at Him.

Both arguing and grumbling puts oneself in the seat of control and removes God from being the Head. It says that God does not know what is best.

Jesus went to the cross to pay for the sins of every person without grumbling or arguing because He knew the Father knew what was best to be done. The attitude of the believer should be the same in every area of his life. Everything should be done with joy.

You may find yourself choosing to grumble or complain because things are not going the way you think they should. Stop for a moment and think about who is really in control, you or God.

If you truly believe that God is in control, then allow His joy to fill you in all circumstances, knowing that what is happening in your life is for your best interest. Choose to stop grumbling and arguing with others or with God and live life to the fullest with the joy, strength and peace God has for you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know that God is in control; that you will trust what God has put in your path is the best for your life; that you will find joy in living for God; and that you will be thankful to God for what He brings you through.

Luke 23:46 Committing All To God

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

People sign contracts that commit themselves to someone else on a regular basis. They are committed to perform something or be dedicated to someone or some organization and will not back down without penalties.

While many will commit, many do not follow through on that commitment. When situations change and things get ugly or extremely difficult, many will renege on their commitment or agreement. Many find loopholes to get out of what they agreed to do.

As Jesus was being crucified on the cross, it came to the point of His dying. Right before He died, He committed His spirit to the Father, then died.

Any person who has become a true believer and follower of Jesus, has committed himself to God. He has agreed to allow God to have complete control over his body and soul, no matter what happens. It is trusting that God will take care of him in every situation, no matter how ugly the situation gets.

Even though many make this commitment, many will not completely follow through to the end with that agreement. Before actual physical death is at the door, many will renege on their commitment and deny Christ. They will take things into their own hands, rather than trusting God in the situation.

The believer is supposed to be trusting God with all of his heart, body and soul. This trust is to be in every situation, both good and bad, knowing that God will always do the right thing at the right time, even if it means physical death.

Those who are fully committing their spirit to God will be able to go to their death for Him.

You are already probably committed to different things, such as a job, a marriage, or certain bills. Just as you are committed to those things or more, ask yourself if you are committed to God.

Even more than being committed to God, are you willing to commit your life to God, no matter what it may cost?

Jesus put all of His life and death into the hands of God, rather than hold onto them Himself. Allow God to have all of you, to do as He is pleased to do, trusting and knowing that He will do what is best.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be dedicated to serving God with your whole life; that you will trust God with your body and soul; and that you will know that God will only do what is best for you.

Luke 18:8 Will God Find Faith In You?

I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

People are quick to say that they agree with someone or something, but later back down on that statement. They lose faith in people and things very quickly. This is often due because of past let downs that hurt them greatly.

Having faith in someone will hold on, even when things don’t look good. One with faith, will not give up at all, regardless of how long it takes.

Jesus gave a parable about a women seeking justice from a judge who would not give it. He said that God will give justice to those who cry out to Him, but wonders if He will find any faith when He returns.

Saying that one has faith in God is an easy thing to do, but much more difficult for many to actually show. People will cry out to God for help once or twice, but when God does not immediately answer, they give up.

Every person who has given up, has lost the faith in God. Often they feel that God will not answer them at all or meet their need.

Each and every time a believer cries out to God in prayer for a need, God hears him. God may or may not choose to answer immediately. Regardless of whether God chooses not to answer, the person must continue to cry out to God for that need.

This continual crying out to God is a sign of faith. It is showing that one truly does believe God can meet that need and won’t give up until that need is met.

One must not be like many and give up, but to keep the faith in God. You may have a situation in your life that you need God to meet. You have prayed an prayed and God does not appear to want to answer you.

Don’t give up. Keep seeking God’s help. God may be testing to see how much you trust in Him and how badly you want His help. True faith will trust in God and continue to seek Him, waiting for His answer, no matter how long it takes.

Do not be like many and give up, but keep the faith in God. Allow God to find faith in you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you have faith in God’s abilities; that you will have complete trust in God meeting all of your needs; and that you will not give up trusting God when He is silent.