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When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (Psalm 94:19, ESV) Have you ever had someone ask how a loving God could allow the heartbreaking things we see around us? To them, He either does not exist or has no power. When bad things happen, it’s easy to wonder, “Does God even see this mess? Does He care what’s happening?” The question becomes even more pertinent and personal if the bad things are happening to you or your family. Is God in control of the mess? No verse in the Bible says the exact words,…

And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab’s anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither?… I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart… And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause? 1 Samuel 17:28–29. At this juncture of scripture, David has already been anointed to be the next reigning King over Israel. However, he has lived under the radar, caring for his father’s sheep and has been the King’s minstrel when Saul was vexed with an evil spirit. David’s father, Jesse, sent…

“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16, English Standard Version) Confession. With all the time I’ve had at home for the past several weeks in lockdown, I haven’t accomplished as much as I thought I would. Others seem to be organizing closets, clearing garages of useless items, packing things to donate to charity, and doing spring cleaning. While I tell myself I should do that, I’ve put it off for still another day. Perhaps I’m not alone in my lack of productivity. I recently saw an article that asked, “Why is doing nothing…