God bless you.
I'd like to use this blog entry to share with you a comment from Elizabeth, one of my
recent blog readers, and my response to her.
Here is what she wrote:
"You so-called 'Christians' are contradictory. You claim not to be afraid to die, but yet you
fight tooth and nail to do anything to live another day longer, knowing full well, it's
useless. If you are such a believer, then why don't you stop all your treatment and leave it
in His hands?"
BANKS' RESPONSE: "Us Christians so contradictory" because we try to help
ourselves as well as believe in and pray to God?
You are so wrong and off-base, Elizabeth.
We know that God is all-powerful and that He has the whole world in His hands.
Well, maybe you don't believe that either. But we "so-called Christians" do.
We also believe that in God we live, move and have our being. At the same time, the
earth is the Lord's and the FULNESS thereof, the world and THEY that dwell therein.
Well, among "the FULNESS" of the world and among "THEY that dwell therein" are
doctors, lawyers, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, teachers, preachers, police, firemen,
bread, water, medicine, sun, rain, dirt, plows, seeds, etc. You name it.
Now, the final outcome of anything is in God's hands because He not only has the
last word, He is the Word. But when I'm hungry, I do my best to get some of that bread in
His hands to eat so that I won't starve to death.
Only the fool sits down in the middle of life and does not try to do anything to better
himself or to use the common sense that God has given him. That's why when my
drains are stopped up, I call the plumber. When I have an electrical problem, I call
the electrician. When my car breaks down, I call or take it to an auto mechanic. When
there is a fire in my house and I can't put it out by myself, I call the fire department. When
I'm sick, I seek the help of a doctor. When I have a legal problem, I seek a lawyer. And
when a criminal tries to invade my home, I call the police, if I have time to do so, or I try
to defend my family myself by any means necessary.
Now, the plumber, electrician, mechanic, fireman, doctor, lawyer, police and all the
other craftsman of human society are all part of the "FULNESS" of this world and "THEY
that dwell therein."
Just look at yourself, Elizabeth. You didn't leave criticizing us so-called Christians
"in God's hands." Neither did you leave this task in the hands of the devil, who is forever
a liar, a murderer and a false accuser of the brethren and wants us all dead.
Rather, propelled by your probable disbelief in God, and your apparent disrespect for
His redeemed, you took it upon yourself to use your eyes to read this blog, you used your
heart and mind to misjudge us "so-called Christians," and then you used your fingers to
e-mail me what I believe is an off-base criticism of "us Christians."
Well, Elizabeth, I don't know who you worship or if you worship anybody. But those of
us who worship God in spirit and in truth do know that it is at least common sense to do
our best and then trust God for the rest.
Yes, that's right. There's nothing wrong and everything right in us trying to use what
God has already given us before we ask Him to give us anything else.
And, yes, we "so-called Christians" are going to try to do all we can on our own
behalf to live as long and as well as we possibly can. But at the same time, we try to
take full advantage of God's invitation to ask so that it shall be given, to seek so that we
may find and to knock so that the door hall be opened unto us. We take full advantage
of His invitation for us to come unto Him when we labor and are heavy ladened so that
He will give us rest.
God bless you, Elizabeth, for being honest. But I invite and urge you also to seek
the Lord while He may be found and to call upon Him while He is so near. Most of all,
if you haven't done so, I urge you to confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and to
believe with your heart that He died on Calvary's cross one Friday for all your sins or
imperfections and shortcomings and then arose from the dead the following Sunday
morning with all power in heaven and earth given by God unto Him.
When you do those things, Elizabeth, you will be saved and will become one of us
"so-called Christians" where the joy of the Lord is your strength and where you will
bless the Lord at all times so that His praise shall continually be in your mouth.
God bless you.