“But I gave you also cleanness of teeth in all your cities and lack of bread in all your places, yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord. “Furthermore, I withheld the rain from you while there were still three months until harvest. Then I would send rain on one city and on another city I would not send rain; one part would be rained on, while the part not rained on would dry up. So two or three cities would stagger to another city to drink water, but would not be satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord. “I smote you with scorching wind and mildew; and the caterpillar was devouring your many gardens and vineyards, fig trees and olive trees; yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord. “I sent a plague among you after the manner of Egypt; I slew your young men by the sword along with your captured horses, and I made the stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils; yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord. “I overthrew you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand snatched from a blaze; yet you have not returned to Me,” declares the Lord. – Amos 4:6-11
Often during great difficulty, we cry out to God and wonder where He is or where He has gone. Does it ever cross our minds that He might actually be the One behind our trouble? Sometimes, when this life goes awry, we can be so me-centered that we fail to consider God’s hand on the very life we lead.
Our “lack” or “need” amid a period of trial or tribulation should lead us to a greater dependence on our Provider and, make no mistake about it, every Christ-follower will be tested in this way. Of course, the question is that when all is failing and falling around us, will we still act righteously and be righteous in our attitudes?
Based upon my own personal experience and extensive biblical history, we will all know soon enough.
Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil and let us see what we are made of. – Charles Spurgeon
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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