The writer of the gospel of Mark recorded Jesus asking the exact same question back to back in two different circumstances to two very different persons. The question is, what is God trying to say to us? The answer will challenge you deeply. Lord, help us to SEE!
To live life, making decisions according to passions and desires, rather than truth... is a CRAZY motive... a LOCO motive. Pop culture teaches us to follow our heart... our emotions. Jesus teaches us to follow Him. Psalm 28:7 is a wonderful example of the transformation that can occur as we follow God rather than our emotive desires.
If you ever feel like God is out to get you... well... you got it wrong. Sometimes we get swept up in the culture that likes to blame God, if He even exists, for everything wrong in the world. Reality check... God is not the problem with our world and our lives... He is the solution. Two simple things about God that you won't hear out in the culture, but are revealed in the Word. And they are revealed in and through our lives when we trust in Him.
Jesus said "You must be born again." Everybody needs two birthdays... a physical one and a spiritual one. When you look at this thread through the scriptures, a challenging richness wells up that should encourage AND help us to examine our faith in Christ!
What would it have been like to have been there and seen Him with our physical eyes? To have seen and interacted with the risen Christ? In John 20:29 Jesus told Thomas "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Is it not true that we are, with different eyes, witnessing the resurrection? And when the world looks deeply, shouldn't they see the evidence for the power of the resurrection... in us?
Considering the life of Jesus Christ, how did He walk in grace and truth amongst ignorant, confused, corrupt, and misguided people? How did He do it? Is it because He is God? Or did Jesus have the same things that you and I have at our disposal to walk in grace and truth? Jesus prayer in the garden the night before His death gives us a clue leading us toward a command in Scripture, that when obeyed, will change everything! You have never heard this truth before!
Why would an all-loving and an all-powerful God allow suffering? Could it be that He isn't loving enough to stop it, or He isn't powerful enough to stop it? How does this argument square with the Bible? Are there any sort of answers to such questions?
Psalm 73 is a confession of an impure heart. It is also shows us how an impure heart is made pure again. A pure heart is a must to live above the line in Christ Jesus.
The average lifespan in the first century was around 40 years. In John 5 Jesus healed a cripple at the Pool of Bethesda that had been laying there for 38 years, basically his entire life. It is an incredible account that speaks so deeply to us today in the areas of our lives that need the healing power of Jesus. We ALL need His healing! The question is... Do you want to get well?