“In fact, when we were with you, we kept telling you that we would be persecuted. And it turned out that way, as you well know. For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.” – 1 Thessalonians 3:4-5
Faith doesn’t grow by doing more but by resting more in the most difficult of times and that is exactly what Paul is saying here and other places.
Remember to most a blessing is a curse and a curse is a blessing for a very simple reason – we lose the ability to rest on Him and instead we rest on us, our work and our effort!
This then simply put is another example of how God turns the world upside down based on God logic Not human logic – He knows us better than we know ourselves and He therefore knows that if we are left to our own reliance we will turn away from Him!
America is not being punished because of the abortion issue, homosexuality or the pledge of allegiance being taken out of schools – as easy as that would be to blame there is a bigger fish to fry here!
There is something much more important to God then all the above issues that the church has flaunted to say look why we are having a bad economy or look why whatever is happening!
What is that something?
YOU! You and your reliance Not on God or His Grace but instead a reliance on self, works, power, money and comfort to make you feel like God likes you!
There is a particular minister I know in Pakistan – if you want to see where God is blessing you might want to check his mission out. Maybe you would want to check out what I am doing in the Philippines to help people get vocational training so they won’t have to sell their sons and daughters into slavery.
The truest blessings of God are the exact things that we would call curses but guess what – when they hit many will Run for the door because they have and unrighteous view of The Righteous One who really just wants to wrap His arms around you and tell you how much He Loves you!
Pray that whatever it takes for America to grow in Faith, Trust and Reliance on God that God would allow that to happen. Pray the same for yourself and those you Love – and see the Hand of the Deliverer no matter what the momentary pain might be!