You can’t pick and choose

I wake up to some very loud and annoying music each morning from the school that is right outside of my window. (Most of the people in this community don’t have or use clocks/watches, so the music indicates that it is time to get the kids  ready for school.)

One of the many songs is the ABC song. At first I did not recognize it with their accent, but then I knew what they were singing, yet something seemed off….they were not singing the letter ‘X”. I asked some of the people in the community, and they say it is too hard to say, so they do not say it.I try to tell the importance of having all of the letters, but they just were not following me….

Then I began to think about other areas in life where we can oftentimes choose some parts but not all. Like….

  • Only having the weekends/days off. That would be fun, who wants to choose ‘work’?
  • Choosing dessert before dinner.
  • Enjoying the harvest without having to prepare the soil, plant the seeds and water it daily.
  • Being fluent in a language without studying.
  • The list goes on and on….

This really reminded me of the prosperity gospel some preach. “If you become a Christian, and accept Jesus in your heart…you will be healed of all diseases, you will not face hardships, you will be financially blessed and you will live happily with your spouse and have many children….”

Some see God as a vending machine. You put faith in and out comes what you select/want (money, obedient kids, new houses and cars, nice co-workers, etc…)

Yet when we look at the  bible we do not see this.

Abraham waited (a LONG TIME) for his promised son and later was prepared to sacrifice him out of obedience to the Lord.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his own family.

Moses‘ call to free the captive Israel led to years of adversity and testing.

Israel only crossed the Jordan River after 40 years in the desert.

David was the example of the Messiah-King, yet suffered years of waiting and many family struggles.

Daniel was later referred to as the “pattern of righteousness” (Ez 14:14, 20), but was held captive for years, was tested and even thrown into a den of lions.

Don’t forget about Job, Paul, Jesus and countless others.

Were their lives easy? They were not promised an easy life. Instead, He promised that He would be with us. He is there to help us through our hardships, but does rarely ever just removes them entirely. It is in the hardships that we learn to depend on Him, His strength & wisdom and not on ourselves. And it is through these times that our character is being formed into something far greater than we could have imagined.

God never said it would be easy.

About lizolson

I love people, culture and languages! I have served in Thailand for 5.5 years helping to empower women and children who are at risk of being trafficked or who are working in the sex industry. Everyone deserves a second chance....
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8 Responses to You can’t pick and choose

  1. Khun Phillip says:

    Hi Liz! This was an awesome blog! It definitely reminded me that for the most part, believing in Jesus does bring GREAT things, but there are also those times where those great things go away and Jesus is there to help us out. Thanks for the reminder….and as always- can’t wait for the next blog!

  2. Tony says:

    Excellent points. It would seem that the Christianity preached today and the Gospel preached 2000 years ago are definitely at odds with each other. Today’s Christianity preaches that if you accept Jesus then you get to board the love boat and life will be one happy cruise. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Jesus promised us that we would be hated, have tribulation, and be persecuted. But, if we endure, the retirement package He promises is unlike anything we could ever imagine.

  3. Tony says:

    If you get the chance, read the books Pagan Christianity and Re imaging the Church by Frank Viola. I think that you will be shocked at how far we have fallen from the original pattern of how church was supposed to be.

    • lizolson says:

      I will when I get the chance, though right now with me living in Thailand, I am not sure when that chance will come; but the second it crosses my path, I’ll be sure to read it! Thanks for the suggestions!

  4. Awsome blog! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more. I am taking your feeds also

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