Thursday, 23 September 2021

T To Your Health

Four Questions that Could Change Your Life

You're about to start another year. If 2013 was very difficult, 2014 could be better, if you keep your answers to these questions in mind:

1. What do I know?

“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Even when life doesn’t make any sense at all, and we feel lost and alone, abandoned and betrayed, what is true is still true. I have spent a lot of time in the wilderness of the Rockies, where it’s easy to become disoriented, especially after dark or in bad weather. When that happened, I would pull out my GPS unit (Global Positioning System), which uses satellites constantly orbiting the earth to precisely triangulate my position. If I have set the unit correctly before I became disoriented, it will tell me how far I am from camp, and provide the heading to return there. Similarly, even when I feel lost in the wilderness of life, God knows exactly where I am, and which way I should head in order to find my way home.

2. Who do I know?

As far as I can see, it is through our sufferings, not despite them, that we can come to know God far more personally than we ever knew Him before. Remember Job, who, after all his agony, and his questions, which never got answered, said, “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:5). In other words, the knowledge that Job had had of God before his trials was like second-hand knowledge compared to the way Job had come to really know God as a result of his trials.

3. Where is God going in my life?

God’s purpose is always the same, though His process is unique to each person. God’s goal with our pain is to redeem it--showing the world that He is real, that faith makes a difference, that there is hope, and that we have a reason to keep walking.

It’s hard to believe, when we feel overwhelmed by life, that God has entrusted our world to us (weak as we are) as His ambassadors, with a message of reconciliation, which is the only route toward peace, fulfillment, and even joy regardless of the circumstances. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Cor. 4:7).

If you are a follower of Jesus, your most effective opportunities for ministry may come after you have experienced significant adversity and emerged with a more authentic faith that understands the deeper truth of one of the Master’s greatest promises: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (Jn. 16:33).

4. Am I willing to go there, too?

When we make His will our will, we discover the deeper meaning of Dante's words: "In His will is our peace."

Columnist: Dr. David B. Biebel

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Dr. Biebel has authored or co-authored twenty books, including one bestseller: If God Is So Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad? and the Gold Medallion winner, New Light on Depression. His recent releases include Making God Visible and Away in a Manger: The Christmas Story from a Nativity Scene Lamb's Point of View.


His goal is to help people attain and retain optimal physical, emotional, spiritual, and relational health (personal wholeness) so they can love the Lord with their whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and their neighbors as themselves. He founded Healthy Life Press (www.healthylifepress.com) to help new authors with something to contribute in this arena to get their works into print.

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