As the young preacher prepared for his suicide he took a look at the pictures that lay on the bed knowing that they would give him strength for the final act that he so desperately wanted to do. He remembered how he was once happily in the arms of his family and how much he had enjoyed life. He had always done the right thing, been in church, paid his tithe and played his part but still he had lost everything. “WHY GOD?” was all he could think over and over again! Suddenly there was a knock on the door and when he answered it a stranger was there and said,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30
I have never had any pain in my life that wasn’t for a purpose designed by God!
Yes that’s a big statement and a big claim – but then He Is The Big God – and I am under Hid Grace!
Being under Grace and Not law doesn’t mean you wont have hardship – it simply means you wont have to or need to make sense of that hardship. Being under Grace means that you understand that hardships, pain and suffering happen and occur so that each of us can and hopefully will get called back to the precious loving embrace of God Almighty and or be able to share that Loving embrace with another!
Nothing! Nothing whatsoever can, could or ever will be able to touch you apart from His permissive will! He Is THE BIG GOD!
Before you go down the road of “consequences of my actions” let me say this, God is God of consequences! For every consequences of action you can show me – I can show you a place in the Bible where there was No consequence for an action! I can show you multiple places where God’s children broke laws and there was not only No punishment but also they were told or ordered by God to break the law!
David, Jesus, Abraham, Moses, Paul – read Hebrews 11 and 12 and you will see what made them Holy and the Only thing that makes you Holy – Faith in Jesus Christ Alone! And now the bad news – Faith grows in the darkest moments of life – Especially for the legalist that God is trying to show His Love toward!
Look at this passage above one more time, Really examine it and then think on this throughout your day, night and the next few days – Jesus said this to people who had been beaten down by religion! Jesus said this to people who had been pushed, forced and made to believe that religious acts and following the law made them right before God! Why is that and is He saying the same thing to the religious people today?