Pastor Kyle Bitter - The First Sunday in Lent - Sunday, February 21, 2021
Have you ever noticed how hard it is to answer the “why” questions when it comes to the Bible? Why did God do this and not that? Why does God allow this difficult thing to happen? Why doesn’t God use his almighty power to address that? Why did God set up his plan of salvation in the way that he did? The list goes on, and in such situations we know that God wants us to trust him, but that’s not always easy to do – especially when what we see going on around us doesn’t appear to match up very well with what God has promised us! God is powerful and promises us that he’s in control…but we look around and see a lot of chaos and turmoil! God is loving and promises to do all things for our good…but there is still heartache and pain in life. God is forgiving and promises that because of what Jesus did our sins are forgiven so much that it’s just as if they didn’t happen…but we still struggle with guilt and the consequences of our own sinful decisions. Situations like these are among the devil’s favorites for trying to get children of God to doubt. Did God really promise that? Is he really going to come through? Has something changed with God’s plans? No matter what the specifics are, it’s a variation on the same temptation the devil’s been using from the very beginning when he led Adam and Eve to question God’s plans and promises. Did God really say…? Sadly, such temptation is just as effective today as it was back then!
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