So yesterday God directed me to the book of Job, where God allowed satan to test Job.  And I struggled with the idea that God allows satan to test us.  Today, the Bible opened to Philippians.  Paul always helps put things into better perspective for me.

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2: 5-11

So, yesterday I was upset that God allows us to be tested. Today, I am humbled as I remember that Jesus humbled Himself to take on human likeness, human suffering and was Himself tested.  Who am I to think I deserve better?


Help me to learn to be selfless instead of selfish.  Help me to humbly regard others as more important than myself.  Help me to take on the same attitude as Jesus.  Allow me the strength to put my own interests, fears and concerns aside and to trust in your plan.

Through your son Jesus Christ you have shown me the Way.  I want to know more! All glory and praise to you!  You amaze me!


Turn Back

Today I started the Augustine Institute’s Forgiven series.  Powerful.  If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it (at least the first session, which is all I have done so far).

We talked about how sin separates us from God — not earth shattering news, I know.  But it’s not just the sin, but our response to it which separates us.  We separate ourselves from God by doubting his love for us when we sin.  Read more