Read the “0701 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon
(Psalm 78:26-32) “He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind. (27) He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: (28) And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. (29) So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; (30) They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, (31) The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. (32) For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.”
Good morning. My wife and I both have heart problems, eating problems, assorted health problems, and problems on top of problems. Why me? Why me?
If you look at the verse stamped on the cover of my Bible, Jesus makes it clear…
(John 16:33) “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Look at Psalm 78, and verse 32 again…
(Psalm 78:32-33) “For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works. (33) Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.”
It’s clear that life is not always going to be a sweet smelling bed of roses. Things are going to happen. God could be trying to get our attention. Look at verse 34…
(Psalm 78:34-41) “When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God. (35) And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer. (36) Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues. (37) For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant. (38) But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.”
Because of the love He has for us, God did not stir up all His wrath…
(Lamentations 3:22) “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.”
Many times it is just because we sin that all this trouble comes upon us. Or, like Job, God wanted to use him as an example to show the devil God’s unlimited love. Or maybe like Paul, and his thorn in the flesh to show us that God’s grace is sufficient for us.
(Psalm 78:39-41) “For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again. (40) How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! (41) Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.“
What a great example of who we are. We are but flesh; a wind that passeth away and cometh not again. We are all sinners, and we are still going to sin. But will we allow God to use us as an example to others? Will we trust in His grace, which is sufficient? Or will we limit he Holy One of Israel?
Why you and me?
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