Volume 97 Issue 10 October 1997
Where is the
Written By: Peter Denby, Jr.
When we look at our lives, can we find the answer to this question? The 'beef' I am referring to is the 'sermon' that you 'preach' everyday with your example. Is it of good quality? Or is it rotten? Recently there was a huge recall of poisonous beef. The way that they knew that the meat was no good, was by testing it. Do we know how to take the 'test'? We should be examining ourselves and seeing if we have the same answers as the 'Master' (1 Corinthians 11:28; 2 Timothy 2:15). We are constantly taking the 'test' with others seeing the results (1 Timothy 4:12). The "final exam' is coming soon when we are called before the schoolmaster, God. Do we want to be accepted by God as good on the Day of Judgment or sent away as no good? I would hope that you can say that your 'beef' is of good quality. Let me make some loose parallels to beef. You would not want beef that was not properly prepared. Kept under refrigeration until use and then cooked long enough to kill the bacteria. We too need to be properly prepared. We would not be very good at evangelizing if we did not know what God said in His Word. We would be unprepared to deal with the questions that arise (1 Thessalonians 5:17). We would be equally unprepared to deal with the every day bumps in the road of life. We would be missing out on the fullness of our Christian life. "What a friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear; What a privilege to carry Everything to God in prayer. Oh, what peace we often forfeit; Oh, what needless pain we bear; All because we do not carry Everything to God in prayer. Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged; Take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful, Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness; Take it to the Lord in prayer. Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care! Precious Savior, still our refuge, Take it to the Lord in prayer. Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer; In His arms He'll take and shield thee, Thou wilt find a solace there." ("What A Friend We Have in Jesus" Sacred Selections for the Church #63) How many times have we sung this song and maybe not listened to the very powerful message. How many times do we think that we are well prepared and yet are not. This song talks about a lot of the preparations that we need to make. "Ere you left your room this morning; When you met with great temptation; When your heart was filled with anger; When sore trials came upon you; Did you think to pray?" (First lines of "Did You Think To Pray?"; Sacred Selections For The Church; #54) Prayer is our preparation for the day. Prayer is our preparation for all that we do. Prayer should not be 'rare' but 'well done'. We also need to be prepared by studying God's word (2 Timothy 2:15). God wants us to be prepared to go forth and act upon the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47) God has not told us that we can rest yet (2 Peter 3:9). As a matter of fact God has said that we need to be ever vigilant (2 Peter 3:10; Matthew 25:1-13). If God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, then should we not be preparing ourselves and others for the time of the Second Coming or the inevitable death we all face, which ever comes first. We will need to answer for how we have prepared ourselves and others, when we meet with God on the Day of Judgment. God's Word has all of the 'spices' that are necessary to prepare you for the feast. So today I ask you, Where is the Beef in your life? Do you have a solid prayer life? Do you take everything to God in prayer? Are you preparing yourself for the future and for the work that God has planned for you? Are you prepared to be a Christian? God has prepared the way. Now we need to prepare ourselves to be the best imitations of Christ that we can be!
How many times have we heard someone say
"Why me Lord?" when trials and temptations come their way? Let us look
at the reasons behind that. As we discussed in "Where's the Beef" preparation
and prayer are vital to understanding the reasons.. If Job's 'friends'
had prayed more prior to 'counseling' with him, they might have gotten
the answers they needed to council Job better. (Job 32; Proverbs
3:5-6) (One can not be sure due to the special nature of the trial
whether God would have answered their prayers. However today God's 'phone
line' is always open.) We also need to study (2 Timothy 2:15)
and live right (Matthew 6:33; 1 Timothy 4:12 & Revelation 2:10).
All the preparation in this universe will not help those who are unwilling
to take action (Mark 16:16). We need to make sure that all
the knowledge and preparation go from our ears to our mind and then find
its way deep into our heart. Once in our heart it will make changes in
us so that we are aligned with God. This WILL make us take action. Not
because we are forced to but because we feel a strong desire and love for
God and His work. Let us look at Psalms 19:7-11. "The law of the
Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the
heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the
fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the ordinances of the Lord
are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb. Moreover
by them is thy servant warned; in keeping them, there is great reward.
" When we look for an answer to why we were chosen for something
we think is a problem, we need to see that Psalms 19 says
that God's way is pure, right, true and righteous altogether. God is not
the author of evil. However God can, and does, help us to grow through
the use of trials. Before we ask 'Why me Lord?' maybe we should look and
find out whether we have prayed to God about it. We don't need to be a
rocket scientist to see that lack of communication can and does give us
a very limited picture of why some things are happening. Also if we grumble
instead of have faith, we could have to endure 'dying in the wilderness'
as God's people did after coming out of Egypt. In this time the government
has seen fit to limit the role of welfare and the length of time one can
stay on welfare. One of the reasons is that people are getting addicted
to welfare. Those addicts are learning to be lazy and dependent on others.
As Christians we can not allow ourselves to become addicted to anything
other that God! God called it idolatry. So when you hear some one saying,
"Why me Lord?" you will have the opportunity to start putting your preparation
in to action. We also need to feel honored that God feels that we can be
strengthened by that trial. Job was given the trials he was to show Satan
the strength that Job had through God. God has told us that He will not
tempt us beyond what we are able to handle. Thus when one says "Why me
Lord?" maybe they ought to remember that God uses trials to help us grow
as a Christian. "Why me Lord?" The answer is because He loves you and wants
you to be with Him in Heaven when you are called to answer for your actions
on the Day of Judgment.