Saturday, August 05, 2006

Unemployment And The Sovereignty of God

Gimmie a Dolla I'm Thirsty!Well as of 10:15 last night (45 minutes before quitting time) I was officially laid off of work. I worked at this place for about a year it was a decent job pulling in $10.50 an hour ($15.75 OT). It is so odd I know I am supposed to get all worried especially in light of the fact that we blew most of our savings on a car Thursday. However, I know that this is Providence and God really has brought this about. I actually am very excited to get in my theology studies that I have been slacking off on, hopefully for a while this will be in the void the work would fill. Anyway I haven't picked up C.H. Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening" devotional for months yet this morning I thought well in light of my unemployment I should really kick of redeeming the time with hearty devotion. Here is what August 5th's "Morning and Evening" reads:

"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God."
- (Rom 8:28)

Upon some points a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that God sits in the stern-sheets of the vessel when it rocks most. He believes that an invisible hand is always on the worlds tiller, and that wherever providence may drift, Jehovah steers it. That re-assuring knowledge prepares him for everything.

He looks over the raging waters and sees the spirit of Jesus treading the billows, and he hears a voice saying, It is I, be not afraid. He knows too that God is always wise, and, knowing this, he is confident that there can be no accidents, no mistakes; that nothing can occur which ought not to arise. He can say, "If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose than have, if God so wills: the worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing that could befall to me if God ordains it." We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.

The Christian does not merely hold this as a theory, but he knows it as a matter ofA breath of God-centered air fact. Everything has worked for good as yet; the poisonous drugs mixed in fit proportions have worked the cure; the sharp cuts of the lancet have cleansed out the proud flesh and facilitated the healing. Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that he governs wisely, that he brings good out of evil, the believer's heart is assured, and he is enabled calmly to meet each trial as it comes.

The believer can in the spirit of true resignation pray, "Send me what thou wilt, my God, so long as it comes from thee; never came there an ill portion from thy table to any of thy children."

Say not my soul, "From whence can God relieve my care?"
Remember that Omnipotence has servants everywhere.
His method is sublime, his heart profoundly kind,
God never is before his time, and never is behind."

(End Spurgeon)

Talk about Providence! God is really soveriegn, and all the storms that my beset His saints are really blessing in disguise. It really is good that I got laid off of work. Spurgeon knew from experience the truths which he preached. He suffered from the gout in his feet (thus the cane) as well as other health issues. Probably hardest of all would be the intense criticisms (often very ugly) which Spurgeon recieved from "evangelicals". William Cowper has a hymn that says of God's Providence "The bud may have a bitter taste but sweet will be the flower". It is true, God ordains our trials and though we may not see (even in this life) they are for our good. I don't know what I would do without this sort of a vision of God, that God is all controlling even over the hardships. When things are well there is money in the bank and the car breaks people pay when there is no money in the bank and the car breaks people pray. So one obvious benefit of hard times is to wean us from resting our hope in the things of the world and forcing us to rely upon He alone who is reliable, Christ.

Things will be all right, I know this, but do keep my family and I in prayer, I covet your prayers. I know things will be fine no matter how dark the trial because God promised to work all things (that includes trials) for the good of those who hope in Him alone.

"Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation." (Hab 3:17-18)


natamllc said...

Hey Bobby and Lisa and baby

how are you doing seeing you are high tec blogging?

just making the connection so we can get into the flow of the Holy Ghost and Jesus as we pass our days on the earth heading to our date with destiny, Life with God after our passing.

Brother Michael Burke

natamllc said...


Dave S. referred to your blog this morning while preaching the Word. It was full of the Holy Ghost's power and Jesus was truly magnified in the assembly of sinners/saints listening to him speak for Jesus.

I have been surfing your blog and Lisa's. I found out she is pregnant again! I left a message for her to send Geneva to us, Demi and the boys and I if she becomes to much for you when the next one arrives. If it's a boy, name him Michael, ok? Just a thought mind you.

But to weightier matters now. So you are laid off from a job paying 10 bucks an hour. Start a business is my encouragement and charge 50 or 60 an hour more, 70 an hour then and grow a business of service to your neighbors. You are worth more.

Paul the Apostle said[ from the Aramaic Translation]:::>6 ¶ But Christ at this time, because of our weaknesses, died for the sake of the wicked.
7 Hardly would any man die for the sake of the wicked; but for the sake of the good, one might be willing to die.
8 God has here manifested his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

This journey we are placed into by the miracle of birth is full of revelation. God is our Gift. Christ is our Gift.

The Holy Ghost is the one we should ask to give us understanding of Scriptures. This is certain. It was certain during Adam's day and Cain's day. In fact it is certain every day that we live that the Holy Ghost can give us understanding of Scripture which is the lamp and light we need to see and hear God today, everyday and being built up by His Gift of Faith by His Grace and Mercy and Peace.

Here is a prayer I will pray for you. It is a prayer right out of the Bible. Paul prayed this prayer for those full of His Faith and Love. Notice that we too can know Christ's Faith and Christ's Love being bore out in people's lives.

The Prayer Paul prayed is now my prayer and I pray it for you today:::>15 ¶ Wherefore I also, since I heard of your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and your love toward all the saints,
16 Never cease to give thanks for your sakes and to mention you in my prayers,
17 So that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him,
18 And so that the eyes of your understanding may be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling and what are the glorious riches of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power in us as the result of the things we believe, according to the skill of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought through Christ when he raised him from the dead and set him at his own right hand in heaven,
21 Far above all angels and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in the world which is to come,
22 And has put all things under his feet, and made him, who is above all things, the head of the church,
23 Which is his body and confirmation of him who fulfills all things and every thing.

So first off, REST IN THE CERTAINTY THAT I AM PRAYING FOR YOU, AS OTHERS ALSO ARE. Rejoice in His Grace that God has placed it on the hearts of other Saints to pray for you!!!

Secondly, I want you to realize that you will realize that God answers the prayers prayed in Faith, His Faith and Love, His Love, praying according to His Will.

I am praying for you in His Faith and Love so I am certain He will hear this prayer I pray and He will answer me. All you have to do is receive the GIFT by my prayers for you! What do you do or are you to do anything? No, praying for others is the greatest Gift we forgiven sinners can give to other and do as a Work of God! Eph. 2:10 in the Aramaic Translation :::> "For we are his creation, created through Jesus Christ ultimately for good works, and God has before ordained that we should live in them."

Thirdly, You will come to an understanding of His Calling because of my prayers for you. It has nothing to do with you or your state of being but it has everything to do with His Grace, Mercy and Peace for your salvation too!

Fourth, You will realize what it means to receive a DIVINE INHERITANCE and so in realizing this, you will be filled with His REST and ASSURANCE that all is going to be well for you and your family and the invisible One, Our Heavenly Father, Our Lord Jesus and the Precious Holy Ghost are moving both heaven and earth to meet your needs according their riches in Glory; this is what They have Chosen to do for you.

Fifth, this next point is so good I want to paste the verse I prayed again:::>19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power in us as the result of the things we believe, according to the skill of his mighty power,

You will, if you want too, come to know what is the exceeding greatness of His power working for you as a result of the things you believe about Him and what He has done already for you and this according to His mighty power and skill.

As you read this you will sense an assurance of Great Peace, that His Love is Real and what has already been accomplished for you so that now all you need only do is exercise your Gift given to you, an undeserving sinner deserving both temporal and eternal punishments. Instead, you have been given Lisa and Geneva and another one on the way and friends who love and support you at least by prayers.

I know that I know that I know.

And as you said that one day after returning from a trip, the major thing is to keep the major thing the major thing.

Now, Prayer is the major thing we keep for one another!

Bless Bobby, Lisa and Geneva and ...


Bro. Michael Burke

None333333 said...

I heard a testimony at our camp meeting. This guy said within a short period of time, his business burned down and a family member was stricken with a serious illness but I believe they ended up starting a church. Anyway it strengthened their faith and something great came out of it and the family member is alive and well.

None333333 said...

PS. "Vile" is kind of thin skinned. I told him I didn't like his video and he didn't take it very well. But the last one he did was a lot better.

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Dani said...

Just think of all the extra time you'll have to spend with your family in the meantime. Enjoy! I'm sure your wife and daughter won't mind being supportative during the transition if it means having you around more. God is faithful and you'll be just fine.

If you get bored - just stop by my blog and debate with all the fools on there. Life could be worse - you could be blind and lost like some of them. At least you know the Truth - jobs come and go!

We'll keep you in prayer.

Bob said...

Hey Michael,
Sorry about the untimely reply, it's good to hear from you and know you guys are praying for us. Yeah, the self employed idea is definatly an avenue I would pursue if I were not a full time student as well. What you said about prayer and God's faithfulness was really encouraging, thanks Micheal.