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How Can a Good God Allow Suffering?
April 15, 2018
Pastor Pat Damiani
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Letting God take care of my enemies

Today’s reading consisted of Psalms 121, 123-125, 128-130. These are all Psalms that praise God for saving His people from their enemies. Although the nations around them were often bigger and stronger and had more resources, God had brought His people into the Promised Land and He protected them from their enemies as long as they trusted in Him.


Waiting for God

Today I finished reading 1 Samuel. In the last few chapters of that book Saul’s life comes to a very sad ending. In chapter 28, he is afraid of the Philistine armies, so for a change, he decides to seek out God. But God is silent. So rather than waiting on God, Saul does what he is very good at and takes things into his own hands and goes to consult a medium. The medium brings up the soul of Samuel who reveals to Saul that he is going to die the next day and his kingdom will fall into the hands of the Philistines. And that is exactly what happens.


Not taking God for granted

Today my chronological reading plan took me back to the Psalms – Psalms 17,35, 54 and 63. Each of these Psalms was written by David during the time King Saul and others were seeking to kill him. Each of the Psalms is a prayer for God to deliver him from his enemies.
But something else in each of these Psalms also caught my attention. In each one David is confident that God will answer his prayer and he promises to worship God when that happens, primarily by sharing with others what God has done for Him.
That got me to thinking about all the times in my life where God has blessed me and I’ve just taken that for granted. Not only do I fail to let others know how God has been working in my life, I don’t even thank God for what He is doing in my life.
So with that in mind, here are just a few of the ways that God worked in my life yesterday. He gave me another day of life to serve Him. He provided for every one of my physical needs – and even beyond that. He gave me the opportunity to speak with a good friend about future ministry opportunities. He guided my sermon preparation. He encouraged me with some thank you notes from the school we ministered to this week. He allowed me to enjoy some time outside in some beautiful weather officiating a beach Volleyball match. He gave Mary and I some time to spend together and to relax. And He gave me a good night’s sleep. And that’s just some of what God did in my life yesterday. Thank you Lord!