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Prayer  And  Thoughts  For  Shut-Ins
Christians need to remember to pray for those friends and acquaintances with illness that confines them at home, and for their Care-givers.  As we were reminded one time by Praise And Prayer Alert:  we should make a time to at least call those associated with our church fellowship to see how they are doing;  keep them updated on events they might like to know about;  offer to run a few errands for them;  maybe offer to stay with a shut-in so their Care-giver might get time to go somewhere;  etc..  There are many dear ones among us and everywhere, who are suffering diseases such as cancer, heart problems, MS, Parkinsons, mental problems, etc.   God expects us to show care for these.  They must not be neglected.    [adapted from Praise & Prayer Alert]

One may feel heavily burdened and overwhelmed in their life; discouraged, heart broken, and maybe greatly depressed, but there is precious peace and hope eternal in that God cares, and He offers choice for mankind to escape the dangers and troubles in this world ---which fell into condemnation from the beginning of creation (Genesis 3). One needs to know that everything outside of God is moral darkness, and Satan is the "god of this world" (2 Cor.4:4). It is contrary to the mind and ways of God that we should suffer ---Who can make our lives generally good in this failing world, and Who is the very essence of love, peace, power, hope, righteousness, and truth, etc. All souls may come to Him! Maybe some sickness here is really a ministry of suffering for chosen saints of God, to sing praise to God as rising above it, and thus bless others who see them.

Sometimes people say: "Why does God allow trouble?", or "Why doesn't God do something about evil, suffering, and loss?" HE DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT! We need to appreciate that and truly know our Creator, His salvation, His ways, His provisions; and have a relation-ship with Him in obedience, joy, and peace with all His blessings. God wants to bless His children when they earnestly seek it in a right spirit. The failure to appropriate this is all on our part for sure, and energized by Satan. See what God has done for us by reading His immutable Word, and give thanks!

The Son of God said: "No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me", and "He that has the Son has life". Too often there are souls who confess Christ as a good example, but continue on in the flesh ignoring Him as the Savior and provider of blessings (Psa. 23; 1 Jn. 5:10-12)
---wandering away after their own ideas, and wonder why things go so badly for them. God calls true believers to His Son to walk in holiness and trust with Him, for He will not walk in the carnal paths we might choose. This supposes that one has first received Him (John 3) and is a true believer and devoted to Him in patience. Faith enjoys peace (Eph. 3:14-19; Phil. 4:7). 

All real children of God will have trials---for our growth and God's purposes; and people will fail us, but even so we can have the goodness of God. We might consider also that God may be trying to get our attention by some trials to come back to greater dependence on Him; and also trials may be a blessing to others who see our burden and yet our praise for the Lord. The Apostle Paul is a great example of this. God wants our heart, not just our mind, and if we will not surrender we will suffer loss ---that is our choice. Jesus said: "Without Me ye can do nothing" ---for good (John 15:5). Are we happy with God's promises and presence, or only happy when we get what we want? He is worthy of all devotion all day for all eternity.

We need to understand the fallen nature of man and the ruined conditions in this world, and not ever try to fault God for man's failures. We know Satan is called "the prince" of this world (John 14:30 & Eph. 2:2) and he is ever against us. Our confidence should not be in people or self (Mt.10:37-38). God is the only resource for good, and the Savior of our soul ---if we will have it. He will not force it on us. Complaining about our troubles or dwelling on failures, and ignoring God's remedy for man is not wise or good.

ALL PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE FOR OUR GOOD! Is one saved for all eternity with the new life of devotion in Christ? Is one living that life in communion with the Lord? Is one happy with God's promises and care now and forever? Is one enjoying peace of mind by trusting the Lord and His Word? If so, there is every reason to rejoice and be glad, for all is truly well for a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ---even when things look bad and facing troubles. Nothing tragic is going to happen to a "child of God" unless God allows it for good. We need thus to be at peace, believe God and honor Him; and stop looking at others, or within self and feeling bad.

Perhaps the worst thing that one might imagine to happen to them is to die, but death will only happen to a true believer if the Lord is ready to take him or her home to Himself. That is a glorious hope! In the face of trouble we ought to say with our Lord: "O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup (troubles) pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt" (Matt.26:39). All is well for a “child of God”, and we can have a beautiful life and a glorious eternity. "Acquaint now thyself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good shall come unto thee" (Job 22:21).
  - R. DeWitt, 9/07:  ST03