Crawford's Kingsmen Kommentary

Jun 9 | Posted by: Kingsmen Quartet

Summertime, summertime, sum – sum – summertime . . .I am so glad the weather has FINALLY warmed up.  With the new season comes a new recording.  Front Row Live is scheduled to release this month.  We are sure this recording will bless friends of the Kingsmen old and new! The first single to be released from Front Row Live will be a song written by Phil Cross called Land of the Free.  This song is a powerful statement of our belief in our country and the faith and strength by which it was founded.  Featuring Bob Sellers, we trust you will be hearing it soon on gospel radio.  We praise God for the power in this song.  We praise God for the men and women serving in the military and those who have served.  We praise God for the Land of the Free!

This has NOTHING to do with anything . . .but IT IS FUNNY TOOOOOOOO ME!!!!

Having just finished his sermon, the preacher went to the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation was leaving. After shaking several hands, he came upon the six year old son of one of the church's Deacons.
"Good morning, Matthew," the preacher said, reaching out to shake the boy's hand.
As he was doing so, he could feel something in the palm of Matthew's hand. "What is this?" the preacher asked.
"It's money and it's for you," Matthew replied with a big smile.
"I don't want to take your money, Matthew," said the preacher.
"But, I want you to have it. ," Matthew insisted. "My daddy says you're the poorest preacher we've ever had and I want to help you." – FUNNY TO ME!!!!!!

A dear lady came to me after a singing recently and began to cry.  Through her sobs she told me she doubted God.  She said she was mad at God.  She doubted if anything was worth living for.  She went on to tell me she had just lost her husband. They had been married close to 50 years.  She was devastated and completely broken.  Her best friend had been suddenly ripped from her life.  And she blamed God.

Her biggest question to me was this . . .can I be mad at God?  I will tell you what I told her. 

Of course you can be mad at God.  Without a doubt.  Being angry at God is something that many people, both believers and unbelievers, have wrestled with throughout time. When something tragic happens in our lives, we ask God the question, “Why?” because it’s our natural response. What we are really asking Him, though, is not so much “Why, God?” as “Why me, God?” This response indicates a flaw in our thinking.  As believers we operate under the impression that life should be easy, and that God should prevent tragedy from happening to us. When He does not, we get angry with Him. The Bible does not tell us life will be easy. Far from it.  Life is hard. Not some of the time, but most of the time. The Bible never promises that life will be easy. But, what it does tell us is that in the midst of our troubles, God will see us through.

Psa 40:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Psa 40:2  He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psa 40:3  And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Jesus, the very Son of God, went through troubles.  His life was far from easy or simple.  He was not welcome in His own town, the authorities of the time were constantly trying to catch Him in an offense for which He could be killed, He was forsaken by even His closest friends, was handed over to be crucified by His own people, and while suffering that cruel death on the cross His Father turned away and let Jesus die.  The Father did not send His Son to live a carefree life but to suffer.

Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Are we any better than the Son of God?  Do you consider yourself so special that you should never have hardship?  We are not promised an easy road.  We are promised the strength and ability through God to get through it.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

So in our sufferings and hardships comes the human trait to blame.  Blame someone . . .ANYONE! Even God.  King Davd, a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22)  got mad at God more than once.  One example is this . . .

Psa 22:1  To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

Psa 22:2  O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

Psa 22:3  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.

Psa 22:4  Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

Psa 22:5  They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.

Psa 22:6  But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

This is a perfect example of our human frailties and anger when we feel persecuted.  When we feel singled out for destruction.  The one thing we should trust most is the very thing we shake our fist at!  But David knew even in his anger that God was still on the throne.  That his faith should not waiver even though he may not understand the trial he was in. 

Psa 22:22  I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

Psa 22:23  Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.

Psa 22:24  For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.

Psa 22:25  My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

These verses are from the same Psalm.  What’s both interesting and encouraging to me is that almost every time in the Psalms that David expressed complaints toward God, he ended up praising God. That’s a good resolution to our anger. Notice that in verses 1-6 of Psalm 22, David voices his complaint. Yet in verses 22-25, he praises God.  In one breath David expresses his anger.  With the very next he reaffirms his faith in God and his commitment to doing what he knows he should.  The conclusion here, and simply put, is when we do not understand or forget the extent of God’s sovereignty, we lose confidence in His ability to control circumstances, other people, and the way they affect us. Then we get angry with God because He seems to have lost control of the universe and especially control of our lives. When we lose faith in God’s sovereignty, it is because our frail human flesh is grappling with our own frustration and our lack of control over events. When good things happen, we all too often attribute it to our own achievements and success. When bad things happen, however, we are quick to blame God, and we get angry with Him for not preventing it. Know this and stand upon it . . .no matter what you are going through, no one can understand it like God.  No one can get you through it like God.  No one has your best in mind like God.  No one loves you like God.  You may not understand this trial, you may not understand this hurt, but He does. He cares and will bring you to the best you can be for His Glory.

Jer 29:11  I say this because I know the plans that I have for you." This message is from the LORD. "I have good plans for you. I don't plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.

 

He’s a good, good God!

 

RC

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