When Bad Things Happen
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The question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" has been asked more than once. Job, in the midst of his trials gave a clue where to look when there are problems.
But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?
It is always wise to "examine ourselves" to see if the root of the problem is found "in me".
There are sins of commission and sins of omission. Sins of commission are doing things we should not have done. Sins of omission are not doing things we should have done.
One omission may be in the matter of tithes and offerings.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:10-12
If the devourer is not being rebuked, if there is problem after problem after problem, it is useful to seek the Lord if there is a problem with tithes and offerings.
Let's just ask a theoretical question. Go with your gut. Do you think that the problem of terrorists entering the country through unsecured borders would be such a problem if the United States were a nation of tithers? Ask the Lord for the answer. Listen.
There are many problems in the world today. There are political, weather, economic, plague and other problems of all kinds. God Himself promises He will rebuke the devourer. However, mankind must meet the conditions.
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