Pain-Free Life?

Yesterday would have been my father’s 85th birthday and my parent’s 60th wedding anniversary. We lost Dad in 2010 and didn’t want Mom spending the day alone. My sister bought the DVD of the movie, “The Shack” and I brought homemade kettle corn to Moms. We watched the movie during the time she would have walked down the aisle 60 years ago.

I’ll never forget what “Papa God,” said in the movie…

“We expect a pain-free life, it just isn’t possible because there is evil in the world. I am constantly working behind the scenes to bring good out of the worst situations. I did not orchestrate the situation – that was the work of evil.”

Innocent people die. Innocent people are falsely accused. Their trial of fire and even imprisonment can go on for years.

Acts 23:11, “The following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Take courage, Paul. For as you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.’ ” Modern English Version

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Acts 24:27, “But after two years Porcius Festus succeeded Felix. And Felix, desiring to do the Jews a favor, left Paul imprisoned.” Modern English Version

It was evil that had Paul imprisoned. It was evil that Felix left him in prison. But even while he was under arrest he had some liberty.

Acts 24:23, “Then he ordered the centurion to guard Paul, and to let him have liberty, and to forbid none of his own people from attending to him.” Modern English Version

In the movie, Mackenzie had to forgive the man who killed his daughter. We have to forgive the ones evil uses to hurt us. We have to leave vindication to God.

Isaiah 54:17, “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me, says the Lord.” Modern English Version

 

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