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          “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us” (Psalms 2:1-3).

 

          “Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing” (Psalms 107:17-22).

 

          A world without God has no place to turn when things go wrong. People who fail to acknowledge God often rant and rage against Him when times get tough. Some who were once faithful children of God make accusations against Him when they find themselves without hope. Others leave the Lord in order to enjoy the pleasures of sin for the short season called life. Israel often murmured against God as well. The psalmist wrote of their plight “And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south. They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses. And He led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation. Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalms 107:3-8).

 

          Rather than rage against God man should remember to give thanks to Him. The inspired writer stated, “O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;” (Psalms 107:1-2). God’s love for man has always been evident: The psalmist wrote, “Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness” (Psalms 107:8-9). John wrote, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 

          God has prepared a place for those who love Him. Jesus told His followers “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). For those who do His will God has prepared a new body which will dwell in eternity with Him (II Corinthians 5:1-5).

 

          In the great “Sermon on the Mount” Jesus talked about God’s care for the birds and flowers. He stated, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26). Jesus concluded the thoughts on God’s physical care for all creation by stating, “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matthew 6:31-34).

 

          Those who spend their days raging against God will never know the joy and peace that He has for the faithful. Jesus promised a peace that was beyond any that this world could provide. He told His followers that they had nothing to fear as long as they did His will. John wrote, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Are you raving against God or embracing all that He has to offer. Where will you spend your eternity?

 

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