There has been so much in the news of late about the suffering in Haiti. Sometimes we wonder why God permits terrible things to happen in this world. On a smaller scale, this past week I have dealt with some severe back pains which several times virtually incapacited me. Therefore, I have kept some of my blog posts shorter that in the past. Today's post will be no exception. I have gotten some painkillers after a visit to the emergency room yesterday. I was assured that the pain was not anything serious, but I would probably have some discomfort over the next week or two. Then I see on TV about the people left homeless, with loss of loved ones, in pain and suffering on the streets of Haiti and realize how petty my own problems are in comparision. Praise God for the blessings we receive every day!
Here are just a few verses that I have been pondering over and I wanted to share them with you:
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Romans 8:17-18 (NIV)
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
Romans 8:20-22 (NIV)
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, a man cannot discover
anything about his future.
Ecclesiastes 7:14 (NIV)
He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you."
Exodus 15:26 (NIV)
Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or swerve from them.
Proverbs 4:5 (NIV)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding
Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)