Ezra 6:7-8, 12, 14-20
Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4, 4-5
Today’s scripture readings are an interesting mix. Ezra
gives an historical accounting of the kings involved in allowing the Israelite
exiles' return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. The Psalmist rejoices
in the house of the Lord. And in Luke, Jesus’ mom and brothers come
to meet him and Jesus just keeps on preaching. They are stood up.
I’ve had a few of those times in my life. The worst was
when my little sister died. Easily the worst time in my life.
I was angry and bitter. Where was God? How could this be allowed?
What could He possibly be thinking? Well, part of this story is God’s
faithfulness. In fact, God’s faithfulness is the most important part
of the story. Some questions simply will not be answered in this life.
However, sometimes we can turn around and look back on life to find some
answers. Life’s storms are inevitable. Pain, suffering and tragedy
are unavoidable. You cannot live in the world and not have things that
feel like a stab in the heart. How we react to these things is important.
Do we go through life scarred, angry, bitter? Do we blame God and turn
our backs on Him? That’s an option. However, one of the most
important messages that can be taken from scripture is that God loves us
and God is faithful.
In hindsight, I see how the death of my sister has affected my
relationship with God, my family and decisions that I’ve made in life.
I may have felt abandoned, but God stuck with me and carried me through.
I may have hated God, but God loved me. In ways, it’s part of the mystery
of Grace. I am incredibly undeserving and yet God’s love and faithfulness
are there. Kind of amazing. But there it is. To be honest,
there are lots of unanswered questions, but I believe that some day they
will be answered. God’s constant love and faithfulness support us in
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