From: "Bob”

To: craig@bibleanswerstand.org

How can I have assurance of salvation if God won't help me now?

 

 

I found your article (Why Should I Believe In A God Who Doesn’t Seem To Help Me? ) as I searched about God failing to help me find a job (almost one year scratching around) and I had some comments.

 

Regarding Uzzah, why does no one offer the option that he GAVE his life to protect the ark? He may have chosen to reach out and stop the fall knowing he would be killed.

 

The other thing you don't seem to talk about is that how God's inaction in our problems can suck the faith out of us. Or, "How can I have assurance of salvation if God won't help me now?". That's my problem. I have been saved for many years but I feel farther from God now than ever before. I wonder if I was not sincere when I accepted Christ. Maybe I'm just fooling myself.

 

And, my problems are not as bad as others. I hear constantly about what we are supposed to do as Christians yet I see God making it harder and harder to get anything done. How can He expect us to have faith when events He could prevent suck out resources dry?

 

Unfortunately, my personality is very logical. I see so much potential in myself and others that is WASTED by stupid problems. If I owned the cattle on a thousand hills and I adopted a man as my son the FIRST thing I'd do is put him in a meaningful job in my enterprise. Then he would KNOW I really loved him as a natural son.

 

Basically, I'm venting to you because I don't get any sense that God listens to my questions.

 

Bob

 

Craig’s Reply To Bob

Hi Bob~

 

Thanks for writing and venting bro.  I apologize for not giving consideration to Uzzah’s effort to help save the ark, and I can totally relate to what you are saying.  Just last week I cried out to God in utter despair and asked Him why He allows me to continue living in unrelenting pain (physical) when so many are praying for me.  It just doesn’t make sense Bob.  Here I sit in my recliner with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, 3 kinds of arthritis, a broken jaw, carpal tunnel, elbow problems, hip and knee pain, back pain, right ankle surgery pain, and well… you get the point.

 

Then I receive an email from this dear brother named Bob who is really hurting and he too has his faith sucked dry thru the apparent inactivity of God.  Had my life been a life of ease, would I relate to brother Bob?  No way. 

 

So then, I find some purpose in what I see is a lack of response on God’s part.  Perhaps my Father turned His head and let the tears roll down His cheek, as He knew suffering was the best path for me, because it enables me to identify with and help others.  I have to find some purpose in my suffering and in yours Bob, or else I would turn my back on God, on you, on the body of Christ and walk away from the only hope I have left in this earth.

 

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

 

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;

 

4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

 

5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

 

6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;

 

7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

 

 

I will pray today for you Bob and ask God to help you find work.  Hang in there bro.

 

Love you brother Bob…

 

Your friend in Jesus’ name, Craigo

craig@bibleanswerstand.org

 

 

 


 

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