A Mighty Fortress
by JohnBagwell
 Faith & Family
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Does God fail?  A better question might be, has God ever failed you?  As Christian men, our knee jerk reaction may be something along the lines of “God never fails” or “God has never failed me.”  I am not here to argue the point, because I would agree with you, however, the way we live our lives sometimes testifies differently than what we have proclaimed with our mouths.

mighty fortressI do not know anyone who has not been affected by the economic turmoil these days.  If you have not been personally affected, then you know someone who has.  Statistically speaking, it would be impossible for you not to fall into one of those two categories because of the immensity of the problem.  Does God know about it?  Does God understand how it is affecting you or someone you know?  Has God failed?  Has God failed you?

Who is your God?

Is your God someone you can count on or not?

In times of greatest distress, I think many of us wonder if we can still count on God.  It is the reality of being human.  There is a circle of people out there with a very cynical view of God, but their wondering and musing can be helpful when we ask the question, “Who is your God?”  I was watching TV the other night when a guy came on asking the question, “Is God in control of everything or not?”  As I listened, he began to cite the many things that are attributed to the work of God, such as tsunamis and volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

He then assumed that, well yes, God is in control of all those things.  Because God, being all powerful could have prevented any of them, yet for whatever reason, chose not to do so.  Without missing a beat, he then cited God for all the other tragedies in the world, and ended with God giving aids to babies in Africa.  Whatever your reaction to these accusations of God, that is the perception of God to people who refuse to believe God exists.  It begs the question: who is your God?

I am reminded by the words of a goodie but oldie hymn called “A Mighty Fortress.”  For those who have never heard of it, here is the first stanza of that song:

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;

our helper he amid the flood of mortal ills prevaling.

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;

his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate,

on earth is not his equal.

What those who choose to not believe in God will never understand is that while Christians may never be able to prove to their satisfaction that God is real, there is great peace and power in accepting and knowing that God does exist.  God does care, and while we may not understand the tragedies in the vapor of existence we call life, we know that God has never failed us, and that God never fails.

Isaiah 14:24  “The LORD of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand:”

 

Reposted from www.MenRising.com

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