A December to Remember

In 2019, my dog Leo and myself embarked on a perilous journey by the grace and mercy of God. We uprooted our lives in Minnesota and hastily and temporarily moved to Colorado so that Leo could receive possible lifesaving cancer treatments.

As I look back on that time, it will always be a month to remember because it was a total surrender to God’s will and purpose. I had to leave all doubt in my mind, and completely trust in Him that He’d help us survive the month. Why a dog, you might ask? Well in my case, Leo was the symbol to my new life God granted me, a true blessing. And I wasn’t going to just trash that blessing for selfish means, God was leading me. God made it known to me that Leo was not to be taken for granted as I have done in my former life with a previous dog.

The feeling of putting all this trust in God was pretty much like driving blindfold without your hands on the wheel. It was ALL Him or we would crash and after the initial natural anxiety, you settle in and enjoy the ride. You see, some SAY they trust God, but this is only realized when He puts you into a situation where you put up or shut up!

2 Chronicles 20 comes to mind. The Israelites surrounded by their enemies from all sides were put to that test. God told them they couldn’t help, all they could do is cheer Him on with song and instruments. Joshua and his congregation before Jericho for example, they would march around the gates of an enemy deadset to kill them because God told them to trust Him. Peter walking on water, and then sinking because he started to doubt is another example.

Now I am not saying I am some sort of awesome Christian, that I by myself exerted this trust. The fact is, my natural tendency was to grasp the wheel, to pull the blindfold off and help drive the car so to speak. So that trust didn’t come from me! It came from God. I cannot for a second take ANY credit or applause for trusting God. As is also the case in those biblical examples I mentioned, it wasn’t the Israelites, it wasn’t Peter, it was ALL God by His providence, mercy, and grace to give this supernatural trust to people totally UNDESERVING of it.

And without that trust in the December of 2019, where would I be? I would be a broken miserable person, regretting everything. And let me tell you something about this trust He grants, when and if you receive it, as Psalm 23 states “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”. These WORDS ARE FULLY REALIZED DEEP IN YOUR CORE, YOUR VERY SOUL!

Until you do walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you will not know if you fear or not fear evil. Again, that TEST of whether you trust God where you truly do not fear or yourself where you are totally fearful. So pray for this trust from God! Without it, you WILL surely fail. Do not EVER think, “I can do this on my own” or in my analogy “I will drive the car without that blindfold and help God”, because He will leave you up to yourself and again, the battle is lost before it even started!

Although at the time, I didn’t know what God’s purpose was, I know now it served as a witness to others! That unconditional and total surrendering yourself to His Dominion will never fail you!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me

Staying Positive in God’s Will

John 16:22 Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

In the past month, I decided to sell my home and move to a different state. Or at least that was the plan. I put my trust in God that if this was His will, it would all work out. So I priced the home aggressively, and got it ready to sell. If you ever have done this, you do realize the amount of instant stress which incurs.

While listing the home, I was also looking at different properties in a couple of states. And recently went to view many of them. The Lord reminded me yesterday of 3 years ago, as I drove to Colorado with my severely ill dying dog Leo in a blizzard to try and help him, and the extreme terrible wind/cold, as I faced off the same type of conditions while viewing properties on Friday and then proceeding home. The same rest/calm encompassed me as I drove through white-out and terrible roads.

While in North Dakota and viewing a home, a realtor mentioned a town he was from, and I just so happened to have a friend who grew up there as well. I had not talked to her for sometime, and he mentioned that her brother just passed away. Small world I thought, but at the same time, I probably would not have known this if I had not went there to see this particular property. You see, it was my plan to possibly buy a place at this moment in time, but God’s will was something totally different.

So based on the lack of selling my home, and the properties I viewed not to my liking, I decided to take down the listing for a later date. The aggressive timeline and sale price weighed on my mind, along with the winter being a brutal time to achieve this endeavor. But if it was God’s will? I would being moving.

In my former life, I probably would be upset with God, and asked “Why didn’t You help me!”, much like the thief on the cross Jesus didn’t save when he said in defiance, “save Yourself and us”. But now, I understand, that even though it wasn’t to my finite understanding, God’s will in this was not wasted, He DID help me!

If you trust God, trust in His will, you will ALWAYS see the positive aspect of it! I literally drove 400 miles in a blizzard/white out yesterday without a hitch, just as I did 3 years ago with Leo to the day. This was ALL by God’s protection! I was also able to reach out to a friend in need whose heart was broken by the passing of her brother. So the time was not wasted.

It is ALWAYS better to thank God, than to ask “why”!

A Thanksgiving

What is being genuinely thankful? Is it buying things for another? Possibly. Is it expressing your thankfulness with words or writings? Possibly. Why just possibly, you might ask. Well, because genuine thankfulness comes from your heart and it is always unconditional. Being born fallen in nature, we are not programmed to give genuine thankfulness to others and least of likely to God.

Thus many “thank you’s” are hollow and meaningless. We inherently know we should be thanking another, so we naturally mouth the words with our heads, not our heart. It is “I better thank them, or they might get mad at me”, done out of guilt, the words are given and we believe we fulfilled the appreciation. And most of the time, the recipient knows whether the thanking was genuine or given from a guilt position.

Now think about it, if we can’t genuinely thank other human beings naturally, how in the world can we give any appreciation to God? The answer is we DON’T! Any thankfulness to God is hollow, meaningless, and done out of guilt. One may know He is the sustainer of all things, so He’ll get a half hearted thank you when He gets them through a misery.

Instead of asking God for things constantly, we should be THANKING Him constantly! For all those things He is doing that we take for granted. You woke up this morning for example to see another day, did you immediately thank God? Or was your first thought on other things, namely yourself.

If saved by Jesus Christ, every moment you live since you were reborn should be in GENUINE thanksgiving to Him! People have asked “how do you know you have been born-again?” My answer would be the discernment in thanksgiving. Because if you fully realized who Jesus is, and what He did on your behalf, indeed every minute of your life should be spent in thanking Him. Am I being too dramatic? If you think so, you probably have NOT been saved nor realized who you are in God’s sight, a dreadful rotten sinner who deserves Hell, not eternal life.

You see, if you have been saved by Jesus, He gave up His life so that you might live! He paid a debt on your behalf you could never in a zillion years pay and satisfied the pending WRATH from God all for you. And what did you do to deserve it? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! He chose you in spite of your rotten self and pardoned you, not based on who you are, but who He is!

The analogy to this is if a person or persons helped you unconditionally with a dire financial debt. You most likely will appreciate these people for as long as you live. Whenever they are present, you will have a genuine feeling of appreciation for them. The same holds for those saved for Jesus, who paid the ULTIMATE debt in your life. So if saved, your appreciation coincides, He should MEAN something to you now, just as those people I described. If He doesn’t? Well you were deceived, not saved. Because those not saved have really nothing to be thankful for in their minds and hearts.

So as you gather around your family and are asked “what are you thankful for?” Really THINK on this question, don’t mouth the words they want to hear, but what is in your heart. What are you truly thankful for?

The ONLY THANKSGIVING DAY which truly matters, is that day of redemption of Jesus, the day He took away your sin debt and proclaimed YOU ARE MINE!

Trusting God’s Plan

God’s AWESOME plans are sometimes hard to understand, they make us anxious, they cause some worry, NOT because of Him, but because of our limited knowledge and finite brains. We fret, we kick and holler at times, but He says “stand STILL and see My sovereignty and ALMIGHTY power”.

When we try to add or help the plan, we fail just like Sarah failed when she didn’t trust God and Ishmael was born. God couldn’t be blamed for her instant jealous and strife with Hagar, it was Sarah to blame. It doesn’t mean it wasn’t God’s plan all along though. God uses our limited capacity in His plan or nothing could be accomplished or determined. The heretic open theists which are prevalent would love you to believe that God is making it up as He goes, based on reacting or cooperating to what you decide.

As we grow closer to God, we trust Him more! We know everything has a reason to Him, nothing is unknown, and nothing it outside of His sovereignty. It give GREAT comfort when we let go, and let God be God. Again, not that He wouldn’t be God, but in our brains and our hearts is where that realization must be made.

Three years ago this month, I was greatly tested! You see, my plan was that my beloved 7 year old dog Leo would remain with me for 7 more years or longer. But he was given a death sentence. I had thought since Leo was a true blessing from God, that my plan should work. God had another plan and there was nothing I could do but trust in Him.

Things are still being revealed to me after 3 years of this particular event. A friend lost her dog Mojito just recently, and I made him a custom memorial board. I did this without thinking, without a single condition, and felt an instant connection to her loss and to Mojito whom I never even met. And then there were two blankets my Mom gave Leo 3 years ago this month after she learned about Leo’s prognosis, a small gesture but paid huge dividends.

As I mentioned, sometimes the revelation comes later from God, but His plans are always perfect. Trust in them! We don’t need to figure it all out right now, just stand still and see His salvation, see His power, see Him for who He is! Whether the major sad event or happy event, there is always a purpose, there is always a reason. And 9 times out 10, we miss what those purposes and reasons were because we are too consumed with OURSELVES.

Exodus 14:13

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

Sudden Tragedies

In life we all will be faced with the sad reality of sudden tragedies. A job loss, a death, a dire health diagnosis, a car accident, a divorce, a relationship loss, financial hardships, a natural disaster, etc. The sudden nature of these circumstances can JOLT our system into immediate stress, anxiety, panic, and heartache. After all we are only human!

Three years ago today, I was faced with one of the sudden events. My beloved dog of 7 years old, the symbol of my new life in Christ, was diagnosed with incurable lymphoma. Leo was his name and was all that I had in this new life. My heart and mind raced with questions such as trying to find him the help and possible cure he needed as well as the dreadful question of how life is going to be like without him.

You see, since he was just 7 years old, thoughts of losing him did not enter my mind up until that dreadful day. The sudden nature sprung all sorts of emotions. But I didn’t question God’s will in this. However I asked Him “why?”, “why now?”. Having understood Scripture, I knew I deserved nothing from God, but it was OK to ask why and then to just trust in Him.

No, you aren’t going to receive a letter or email or text from God explaining “why”, but through His word He will help you understand. And in my case, all I needed to do is view Jesus, God’s only begotten Son. Tradition says He was crucified when He was around 33 years old, quite young. So that answered my “why Leo, he is so young” question.

And then all I needed to do is reflect on Job and the test of his faith. Job suddenly lost EVERYTHING including his health, yet he never condemned God for this. Like myself, he and his friends questioned God as to “why”, and God responded with that He was sovereign, explaining to Job the sheer VASTNESS of His omniscience and omnipotence, this answers the question of “why”. God will do what He pleases and just because we don’t understand everything does not mean His purposes are IMPERFECT.

So when you look to sudden tragedies in your life, just contemplate for a few seconds on the most sudden tragedy in all of history of which God Himself endured. And that was the death of Jesus Christ for sinners who were born with absolute hatred for Him. We can’t know the sheer sadness, based on God’s holiness, but take all the sudden tragedies since the world began into just one event, and this is what God went through.

God realizes and completely understands what you are going through! So instead of running away from Him, run towards Him, stay close to Him during these times and you will sooner or later realize He is right there with you! Don’t turn to other people, or try to figure out things on your own, turn to Him!

In my case, I had to look back and SEE the wondrous things God was doing to comfort me. Leo would be taken from me, but He showed me for example WHO my friends truly were, who actually cared about Leo, and some I didn’t realize until this event. A very nice acquaintance and friend of Leo and myself, Chloe, for example sent me a hand drawn picture of Leo and encouraged me to be there for him. Derek, a long time friend and client called me on his birthday to offer a room in his house where Leo and I could stay through his treatments. Dana Perino, a former U.S. Press Secretary and now a National news correspondent messaged me to encourage me. My Mom who had just gone through a tragedy of her own, offered two blankets to Leo to comfort him. A cousin who I did not see for a long time sent me $15. The very first Christian, Joni, whom I met online stepped up with the first big contribution towards our trip and she had not even met Leo. Many others also contributed, clients such as Charity and Jeremy who knew Leo also supported us. Whether big or small, God SENT THEM!

There is always a PURPOSE from God, these sudden events are not news to Him. But we need to look to Him, to His word, to grasp what that purpose is and was. And then THANK Him for seeing us through them, that He alone sustained us! He is GOOD! Always see Him first and foremost, and although the sudden event is a SHOCK to your system, it is God who manages that event!

Seekers of the Light

Psalm 43:3 “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your tabernacle.”

Mankind in their natural condition does not seek the Light, which is God. Rather we naturally seek darkness, SIN. Jesus states this in John 3:19, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” This passage is often overlooked for the most often cherry picked previous verse of John 3:16.

And there is no further evidence from Scripture than Jesus Christ, the man-God walking this earth, looking sinners in their eyes, indeed within physical grasping distance, and even seeing firsthand His many miracles, and they rejecting Him outright. Do you think you would have been any different?

The seekers of the Light are those God is calling to His Son Jesus Christ or as Scripture says “drawing” and then regenerated by God at which time they SEEK the Light in full force. Their hearts and mind regenerated by the Holy Spirit, born-again, their whole physical and mental being as transformed from seeking darkness to seeking the Light.

Before one is born-again, they can imitate seeking the light externally. They have various reasons and motivations for doing so. It might be vanity, or an external moral piousness they seek to be accepted by man, but internally they seek darkness. They could be Sunday churchians, they might even sing in the choir and get along with the church, but they do this for vastly different reasons as they are not seekers of the Light. They might be the superstitious type as Simon the sorcerer in Acts and want in on the perception that God is some sort of cosmic ATM machine. That by consorting with actual believers might bring them “good luck” or more worldly adulation.

The discernment for a seeker of the Light has a INTERNAL disposition of this seeking. They do not seek sin any longer, they seek Jesus and His word. And some externally might not LOOK to the world as this seeker, but they definitely are. The casting call for a Christian from a worldly standpoint differs greatly externally from the internal. So look closely. The seeker of the Light and the fraudulent seeker can be discerned if you pay attention. What is their true priority? Who do they turn to always? Do they love God and His word, not some of the time, but ALL of the time? Are they embarrassed to speak about Jesus in public? Do they say “my faith is between me and my God” as frauds will invariably state? Do they share the Good News, seek that Good News?

The natural condition of man is to NEVER seek the Light. And only by God’s supernatural work, He can and WILL change that darkness disposition to now giving that sinner the DESIRE to now seek the Light!! Once you submit God as sovereign, your understanding of Him and His word and His promises all start to make sense! If you see man as naturally seeking God? You will always misunderstand and then boast in your seeking, “I believe in God, you don’t, so what’s wrong with you?”. Whereas if saved, we could NEVER boast, because YOU DID NOT GIVE YOURSELF A REBIRTH, that was ALL God!

The Smell Test

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron

I grew up in a town that had a canning factory. The silage from the peas and corn would produce a stench which was like an open sewer during the summer and fall which enveloped the town. The baseball-football field I played on was right next to this canning factory. And although other teams from other towns would come and complain about this stench, those of who lived there couldn’t understand what they were talking about. It wasn’t until I moved away and then came back to visit, that I could smell what the complaint was being waged over, it was a really bad stench!

The analogy of this is growing up in a false church and false teachings such as Roman Catholicism. Your system grows tolerant of the stench of the falsehoods so you do not realize there is a BAD smell. Your friends, family, and community all tolerate it, so when one questions your church, you are oblivious to the falsehoods. You believe your church is right and cannot be wrong.

But if you move away from this indoctrination and study Scripture, you will quickly realize the stench of false doctrines you were encompassed in! You see this direct path straight to Jesus Christ which your church put up roadblocks to and the sins of idolatry and blasphemy, the STINK coming from your indoctrinated worldview.

The smell test with doctrine is conducted only by the ultimate authority of Scripture! The teaching will either pass the test, or you will realize the horrible odor coming off it it. If Scripture is NOT your ultimate authority and instead the world is your authority, you will be like myself in the example of the stench coming off the canning factories silage, you will be OBLIVIOUS to that odor and sadly accepting of these false doctrines. And in time, you will have NO IDEA why there are complaints about your church.

So read Scripture, study Scripture without that stench! It should be teaching you outwardly, don’t inject the smell of your man made doctrines into it. MOVE AWAY from world religion and MOVE TOWARD God and His revealed word, only then you will smell what every Christian is smelling, and that is the horrible ghastly sewer that religion is producing. And that smell is DEATH! Place your faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, and you will now smell the sweet odor of LIFE!

Stress is a KILLER

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

There is a passive killer in this fallen world and it is called stress! This is not only a Biblical truth but many branches of medicine all concur that stress really does kill. It will cause hypertension and the constriction of your blood vessels making your organs to start to fail.

I believe the medical community wandered on this phenomenon when they test on small animals. A small animal if put through a fear will sometimes just drop dead on the spot. The stress of the situation killed them. The various stressors could be seen as the cause, thus concluding this healthy animal died due to stress on their system.

In Romans 12, Paul exhorts “do not be conformed to this world”. He said this in my view for one thing (not the only reason) because he knew as every medical expert knows that the world is a stressor, and stress will kill you. He was also saying that being conformed to this world will cause spiritual degradation and death, not just physical death.

He then said “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. This is something we can do, which is it RENEW your mind. Stop stressing on negativity, and focus on positivity. Tony Robbins in his book “Unlimited Power” goes through an exercise. He explains that each of us has programmed our brains, so if we dwell 99 percent of the time on negativity and stressors, our brain is programmed this way. I believe he was correct!

Renewing your mind is a DEPROGRAMMING! It is taking the negative sin and fallen nature out, and reprogramming it with positivity! Robbins exercise was for the individual to replace a negative thought IMMEDIATELY with replaying the happiest moment in your life, and it could be several moments. For a Christian this could be when you realized Jesus saved you 2,000 years ago on the Cross. For others it could be the birth of a child, a graduation, a cure which was announced, these are all blessings from God by the way. But be that as it may, it DOES reprogram your brain from the degenerate negativity to positivity.

Removing STRESS is to renew your mind, deprogram the negatives out of it and replace the thoughts with positive ones.

Think on those times of stress in the past and then try to state anything good which came from it. There has been studies to indicate that many college kids come down with a illness just after their Finals, all due to the stress they went through.

Stress will KILL you! So remove it from your life!

The USA Leftist HATE for God

Romans 1:21 Because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened

I always find it so utterly absurd when a USA leftist politician tries to use the Bible or God in their demand that America goes along with their totally degenerate and depraved agenda. It is like they are taking their middle finger and waving it right in God’s face expecting that will end well.

Their is an obvious HATE for God and His righteousness by this political party which grows more and more extreme by the day. 10 years ago, we would never see a political commercial which basically claims that if one disagrees with abortion, the murder of the unborn, they would be considered an “extremist”, a “terrorist”. But they do this now and are unashamed in that zeal to kill, while claiming it is somehow “healthcare”.

You wouldn’t give your 5 year old a cigarette much less a lighter to play with, but the leftist party of the USA gladly has grown men dressed up as women sexually gyrating while calling it “story hour”, as IF this just a normal and moral function in our society. While these same children can’t spell their own name or do basic math problems, the left would like them to blur their genders instead as if this is the most pressing importance in a child’s future.

Crime is out of control in the country, and the criminals defended by these same leftists know there really are no consequences unless you belong to the other political party. The left’s response to crime? “Defund the police”.

Over 108,000 died alone of drug overdoses in 2021, I repeat that 108,000!! While the left basically has let in killer drugs on the southern border while gaslighting anyone who questions this as “extremist haters”. President Biden’s line “this is who we are”??? NO! This is who the left is! And let me put this in context as they try to disarm law abiding citizens. 19,000 died of gunshots due to violence in 2021. 108,000 of drug overdoses! And they say nothing about it. 58,000 died in the Vietnam War in the course of 10 years, so again put 108,000 in that context in ONE YEAR!

The absolute HATE for God has made them FOOLS and anyone who supports them FOOLS, and much more than this, EVIL fools! But do not dismay, God has already revealed who wins in the end, HE DOES!

On November 8 please vote WISELY! The real hate the left has is for YOU, and your children! They want everyone to sink with them on their evil ship! The only voice you have is your VOTE! Don’t sit it out, don’t allow evil to reign any longer!

They Hope You Suffer and Fail

Psalm 42:10 As with a breaking of my bones, My enemies reproach me, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

If you haven’t read and studied Psalm 42 yet, I suggest that you do. It is a great case study for what transpires in the life of the faithful and a very lucid observation of those around us, David calls “enemies”.

The enemy to child of God is His enemy, an unbeliever. Now they might be docile enemies to you personally in that they are friendly, kind, and even considerate, but make no mistake they are still enemies to one who is faithful. And they will make it known in times of distress or hardship in your life. While comforting you, they are saying “where is your God?”.

As they boast and directly or indirectly say “look at me, I don’t have your problems, I travel to Europe, I have a large estate, I have all the money I can dream of, I have a solid marriage and a great family, and I am not doing ANYTHING for God, so WHERE IS YOUR GOD? Give up on Him!

They HOPE you FAIL MISERABLY in your faith, yes, this is what won’t probably be mouthed to you, but when you have a terrible life event come your way, they are cheering this on in their minds in a sadistic manner, saying to themselves “watch, they’ll break and leave all that God nonsense now, and come back to us”. It is what I call the same test of Job!!

Job’s friends and even his wife thought Job would break under Satan’s pressure. That Job’s faith was fragile and would succumb to all the tragedies he went through in a short period of time. His family was destroyed, his fortune taken away, and his health was in peril. Job’s wife went as far to say to him “just curse God and die already”. His friends constantly needled him, tempting him to give up his supposed vanity in faith and go back to his old life with them. Although Job bent a bit, he never broke! And in the end his faith remained strong, God rewarded him.

Your enemies DO HOPE YOU FAIL, because it justifies their unbelief! Some would host a large party for you if you discarded your preaching of the Gospel, and went back to your old life of sin with them. Some will tempt you with money, offering to get you out of a problem, with the conditions being you stop preaching the Gospel and go back to your old ways with them. THE OLD YOU was much easier to be around, so they sadistically hope your faith will be broken.

The “where is your God?” definitely shows up during those times. They might not say those words, but listen carefully. I had a friend recently for example tell me that I spend much too much time on these blogs and preaching the Gospel as the remedy for my financial future. He didn’t say “where is your God?” but that was the gist of what he was saying. And he isn’t the only one I have heard this from. Their solution? Give up God, give up sharing the Gospel, and come back to your old life of sin, the sinner they remember, join them again on a path to hell in other words.

The temptation is to say “you’re right, maybe I should take a break from God and concentrate on worldly things, that’ll solve the issue”…they HOPE you fail and say that! As they boast and directly or indirectly say “look at me, I don’t have your problems, I travel to Europe, I have a large estate, I have all the money I can dream of, I have a solid marriage and a great family, and I am not doing anything for God so WHERE IS YOUR GOD? Give up on Him!

But the question of “where is your God” is EASILY answered! He is right here with you if you believe. It doesn’t matter what worldly issue, health problem, financial calamity, etc., God is always there! And by that test, you MOST IMPORTANTLY show the enemies that the faith He granted you, the same faith He granted Job, David, Abraham, Paul, etc., CANNOT BE BROKEN by worldly problems! This is a message of God which actually goes directly to your enemies! That He exists, what He said was true, and He CANNOT be conquered!

The enemy HOPES YOU WOULD JUST SHUT UP! They HOPE by that tragedy or problem, you will show that all you preached was in VAIN. They LOVED the OLD YOU, because the OLD YOU was just like them, an enemy of the Kingdom. They HOPE by the tragedy or problem God now won’t be your first priority, “give up the blog, give up sharing the Gospel and focus on the world again”. And the more sadistic nature of the “where is your God” is “see, your God is punishing you, because you DESERVED it”. They rejoice in your suffering, even when they are giving you a hug in trying to console you.

I will give a quick personal example. During the Fall of 2019, my beloved 7 year old dog came down with cancer and 4 months later he passed away. My close friends and family who were unbelievers secretly rejoiced, as they now could say “where is your God?”. A hardship that they viewed as a reason why I might just now give up my faith. Some actually said in their way “you deserved it for judging sinners”, meaning that I should never have shared the TRUTH. Some were hoping “well now Jeff will come back to us and give up on God”. And some were hoping “he’ll come back to our false gospel now”. NONE OF WHICH TOOK PLACE, because of God’s faith.

So be aware, your enemies will give you a cup of water, a blanket, but the sadistic hope is that YOU GIVE UP! David at his breaking point in Psalm 42 seemingly almost did, but he didn’t break. He ended the Psalm with answering his own questions by the AWESOME FAITH GOD GRANTED, 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.