Ups and Downs

Our church has a pastor that wants to teach a Bible study on Wednesday nights on questions about why God allows bad things to happen.

I got thinking about that tonight because this morning my husband just finished eating breakfast and then out of nowhere, a bee crawled on his back and stung him. Later, he enjoyed himself the best he could and then we had somewhere to be. I went one way and he went another. While I listened to a story of a terrible crime and a drug addicted judge under the influence who never recused himself when the perpetrators came to court, I thought how strange life can be. Up one minute with joyful moments and then down hours later as I heard about the criminals getting off of the worst charges because of the judge and the law’s requirement – criminals can’t be tried for the same crime twice – that’s double jeopardy. So they all went to jail on much lesser charges.

Got back to where my husband was and he looks like he had a great day but now he’s tired out. I told him I heard a depressing story and he didn’t ask what it was about and I didn’t tell him, just like I’m not telling the details here.

I did say that some people don’t believe there’s a devil, but when I hear of horrific things happening, it makes me wonder how they can doubt there’s a devil. Jesus said the devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come to give life and that abundantly in John 10:10.

Not that the devil does the deed, but he’s behind the idea to do the evil acts.

I left thoughts of the tragedy behind and took some time with some young people, innocent and happy to tell me about their day and then asking me to spell things. Such joy.

The only way I can cope with emotions going one way and then in the opposite direction is to look to Jesus and His Word. Yesterday I read a few psalms that altered my upset attitude. What a great God we serve. This is one of them: Psa 46:1 (KJV) To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psa 46:2  Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Psa 46:3  Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

Psa 46:4  There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

Psa 46:5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

Psa 46:6  The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

Psa 46:7  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Psa 46:8  Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

Psa 46:9  He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Psa 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Psa 46:11  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

I’m not sure why my emotions went up and down as much as they did yesterday, but I know that reading the Word of God gave me such peace, I was overwhelmed with the goodness of God. After that, I was steady all day and all day today. How great is our God!

May God bless you.

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