Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Suffering with Nothing to Whine About

I am loved.  Loved by the creator of all creation, the creator of life, morals, the universe, 'the world' and everything in it.   Being so loved, I should have nothing whatever to worry about, or even think of being worried about... AT ALL.  NOTHING.

"Though He slay me, yet will I trust him."  Job 13:15

Do we have the faith or love for God that Job had?  God is all so wise, as he is the one and only God, and maker of all.  This makes him the BEST leader, the most faithful boss, the gentlest ruler, the most patient teacher, the holiest king, the truest and closest of friends as well as sweetest and kindest of lovers.

For us today it is hard to conceive the idea of a 'bride price' sometimes.  But if you think about it long enough and study the multiple cultures and meaning of it etc you'll see that even among all the world, God paid the highest of 'Bride Prices'.   All for us his 'bride', he died and gave up EVERYTHING.  I don't know about you, but I know to me my life and I myself don't seem worth dying for.  Especially for the King and maker of the universe to die for.  But he did.  Jesus Christ himself, I am only thankful.

Thus back to my point, I should have nothing to whine about.  Ever.   But life happens, and as many of you know (and have experienced) suffering, pain, grief, rape, death, heartache, shame, sin, regret and tragedy hits us on occasion.  Sometimes it knocks the entire wind our of us and we feel we can never recover or overcome*.
So does this excuse our whining?  Or give us the right to get mad, self-pitying, upset, rude etc?  Of course not.  I don't care if my family all died tomorrow, as Job's did (God forbid it to happen).  That would still give me no right to slander or blame God, or so much as complain in bitterness.
Now when I mention complaining and anger, it can be done in a good biblical way, without sin.  "Be ye angry and sin not." (Eph. 4:26).  And I can complain to the Lord (read the definition here, if you would [I'm referring to the 1st one] let's say its the same as 'pray about something').  I can decide whether to complain with or without sin or wrong intentions/thoughts.  For example, in a good way we need to complain to the Lord that 'So and So' isn't saved yet and it really bothers us.  He wants us to bring our requests and petitions to him!  But he does NOT want us to be all 'poor pitiful me' in our complaining.
You may still think I'm a little 'out there' as far as not whining/complaining of when any of the above said issues come up.  I'm not making assumptions here, seriously this can and must be done when we are in any form of suffering, pain, grief, betrayal etc.

Some may ignore the pain, and 'bury' the entire 'event' (or circumstance) to best deal with the hurt. Some may talk of nothing else for their relief, to 'talk it out'.  But many others may start to blame the people involved around it, and the list of how people deal with 'issues' goes on!
How SHOULD we handle these though?  How must we deal with pain and grief?  I won't deny I've ran across a lot of my own, as I'm sure you have.   And I don't claim to have the all knowing answers, nor claim that I've handled every situation of life 'best'.  But I'll share with you what I've learned from experience.  I hope some of you can avoid some of the heartache I've gone through.
What I've learned, its all in the thoughts.  No matter if its pain from someone dyeing or pain from some betrayal.
See the picture for the grid of responses we should and shouldn't have.

Anyway.  The Lord need our 100% attention.  He said he doesn't want lukewarm, or mild.  He'll actually appreciate Ice Cold more so, although he'd really like everyone to be 'Boiling Hot' for him!
Even when good things happen he wants our attention.  In the ups and downs.  He wants to be our best friend, but if we don't share with him or let him be, then he can't be.  And when life  hurts us why don't we let him show us how to go through it?  He's the only one to hold our heads above the water in the storms.  And when life and how it turns out isn't up to us, why not go to him (who directs the foundations of the world) with everything we face?

All I can say is that I've learned that no matter what happens to me, whether I loose my voice, my home, my ability to write, or my sight, I still will follow my Lord.  Call it blind faith, dedication or crazy in the head, but I am his.  He paid the biggest Bride price.  He died and purchased me with his own blood.  And it wasn't only the blood of a man (that would be even special) but it was the blood of a perfect man, and the SON OF GOD himself!!!

His holy, free, white sheep, who has nothing to whine about,
~Faith Ellie

* In Revelation alone an overcomer is mentioned 8 times, and each time with a promise.
Rev. 2:7  Rev. 2:11  Rev. 2:17  Rev. 2:26  Rev. 3:5  Rev. 3:12  Rev. 3:21  and Rev. 21:7 "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son."