Bearing Burdens

blog-burdened1Troubling times will come. It’s inevitable. Jesus did say that in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33).  There is not much that we can count “for sure” in this world, but tribulation is a certainty. What’s so comforting, though, is the Savior’s next statement to His disciples, and therefore to us as His present-day disciples. He encourages us to be of good cheer for He Himself has overcome the world.

Because Jesus conquered (nikaó) the world, His disciples have become conquerors in Him. For this reason, we can take purposeful aim at living in and walking according to the peace that He has afforded us. But sometimes we need a little help in order to grasp the eternal perspective regarding the difficulties that surface in our lives. We need others to come alongside to help us shoulder the burden.
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The Jonah Experience

blog-jonahHe was angry after he did the right thing. How does that happen?

Jonah ran from God the first time. But God’s resolve  was greater than Jonah’s stubborn nature. The assignment was still waiting, and God hadn’t changed His mind about who was to fulfill it.

So, “The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time” (3:1). This time Jonah followed the Lord’s command. He went to Nineveh and proclaimed His message to the people. According to verse 5, the people of Nineveh believed in the God as a result of Jonah’s preaching.

But in chapter 4, Jonah wasn’t excited, ecstatic, or enthusiastic because the people believed in God. He was angry! He did the right thing and the right thing rendered the right result, but he was angry. Jonah wanted the Assyrian people to be destroyed. He knew that if he preached God’s message of repentance to them, they would indeed repent and turn to God. The Assyrians were wicked and vile, but God is merciful and loving. He wanted to save the people alive.

Have you ever had what I like to call a “Jonah Experience”? You did the right thing and the right thing rendered the right result, but you became angry sometime afterwards. Continue reading