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"Troubles are Attention Getters"
(Amplified Bible used)

The world has always experienced much trouble and suffering. With the current Covis-19 pandemic, floods, fire, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, winds, tidal waves, etc., etc., …. these have and are resulting in much death, fear, anxiety, and hardship.

People are given advice on how to cope through governments, the media, etc. Man also looks to himself for guidance and relies on his fellow man, medicines, material things, money, assets, etc. This often brings partial or temporary relief but ultimately leads to more troublesdisappointments, dependence, and suffering.

What is the cause of all this? The Bible tells us! At 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4:  Let no one deceive {or} beguile you in any way, for that day (the Lord Jesus' return) will not come except the apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition), who opposes and exalts himself so proudly {and} insolently against {and} over all that is called God or that is worshiped, [even to his actually] taking his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming that he himself is God.

Who is this man of lawlessness (sin), who is the son of doom? It is Satan (the Devil, Lucifer), the evil spirit force who deceives man to believe that doing things by our fleshly efforts is the best way.

Satan was sent to earth by God at the time of creation (He is depicted as a serpent who deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden to eat fruit off a tree that God said was not to be eaten.) Satan said, "in the day you eat that fruit, your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God" (Gen 3:5).

God is love, and He wants to give man good all the time … so he imparts choice to man … He lets man choose to seek His help or to rely on his own flesh. He doesn't simply impose His will on man. This is highlighted in John 3:16 For God so greatly loved {and} dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever [by choice] believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

So, what is the answer for man? …. In our troubled world, where most are experiencing suffering, God is waiting for any man to seek His guidance and help …… as mentioned above, He gives ALL mankind the choice to call out to Him.

This usually happens when a person reaches that "point" in life when they realise that "self-effort and trusting the world and man" is not bringing good results. This "attention-getting" is ongoing for everyone, and the "point" is different for everyone. Our response need only be a simple plea …" Help me!"

As God is ALWAYS waiting to hear our call, and when we finally call, He may reply, "Ah! At last, I have your attention!"

He always knows what is best for us, and as you continue to trust Him to answer your call for help, He will always help you. 

Acts 26:18: To open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness {and} release from their sins and a place {and} portion among those who are consecrated {and} purified by faith in Me.

Brian McMichan


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