The Mysterious God

God is always good and God is good, always. But to me, anyhow, God is sometimes mysterious. I often wonder about my past life events, how they steered me to where I am now. Some of how I got to be here was also due to consequences of stepping off God’s path for my life. Remember, God forgives sin but there will always consequences to sin.

About 18 months ago, my wife and I were at a standoff about the house in which we were living, which was in Strawberry Ridge, Valrico. She didn’t want to be in that house and I had just lost my job, so we were both on disability – her, legally blind and me, suffering from diabetic neuropathy. With a limited income, we decided to take refuge in another mobile home park in Plant City. This park was on the outskirts of town and away from public transportation. My wife immediately disliked this. She was too far away from her children and could not get to them save for me driving her there.

Episode after episode of conflict of living in Plant City plagued us. With our doctors in Brandon (18 miles away), it was costly in gas and time for visits. Problems inside the park were greatly mitigating factors in what we were about to do. Rent had increased from $50 per month lower than Valrico to more than we were paying before. Incident after incident had me saying “If this happens one more time we are packing up and leaving”. New incidents came and went and we simply and stubbornly adjusted to them.

Then one day, my wife went into our master bedroom closet and looked up to discover the entire ceiling and upper parts of the walls covered in black mold – a roof leak. The first thing we did is empty the closet and clean everything as best we could. Many of the items were thrown out. The closet door was then shut tight. The next day, we called one of the sales persons who operate in the area and they were sitting with us by 10AM. Little did either of us know at the beginning of that week that a “For Sale” sign would be posted on our lawn by Wednesday. The following week we were looking at a rental property in Valrico, and before the week ended, we had signed a lease to live there for 3 years. Also during that same week, we had an offer from some folks to buy our home, despite knowing about the mold issue. The following Thursday, we were living in our rental!

So what does God have to with all of this? EVERYTHING!!!
God read our hearts and knew how truly unhappy we were living in Plant City. Apparently, He has work for us to do here in Valrico, as well. He manipulated events which pushed us over the edge to leave Plant City and then gave us a place to rent as well as a buyer for our house. What an incredibly inspiring series of events to have lived through. I now tell you that the truth is one and there is only one truth. Jesus Christ is the only truth and God is always good and God is good, always!

Walking with Christ

Are you walking with Christ? Do you obey all of the eleven commandments? Do you give to the poor? Do you attend church every Sunday? Well, maybe you do all of these things, but that doesn’t mean that you’re walking with Christ. To walk with Christ means to walk with God. To walk with God is to be completely righteous. The Bible says that Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) This passage also says “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations…“. So, then, in order to walk with God, we must be perfect. (Matt 5:48)  God can accept nothing less. That’s why He sent His only Son to pay our sin debts. We are to confess, repent and ask for God’s forgiveness, to be sanctified.(2 Timothy 2:21)

Our actions can affect those around us with great amplitude and most times we don’t even realize it. Our children, for instance, will develop the same habits that we have just for being with us most of the time. Also, we often times notice changes in their behavior when they are associating with different children at school. The “do as I say and not as I do” theorem for parenting is simply, hypocrisy (although I was brought up with it and never questioned it).

Here’s another question: Do you ever change your behavior when you meet certain other people? Do you put on your best behavior when you meet the church minister, your doctor, maybe even your in-laws? Why? Why would we put on our best behavior for others around us (at the time) and not carry our very best foot forward for our Heavenly Father, who, by the way, is with us ALWAYS?

To begin a regimen of your best behavior, begin by reading the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5-7) Jesus instructs us how to live a godly life in these three short chapters, and does so simply and clearly. There is much, much more than just this scripture written in Proverbs, Psalms and numerous other passages in the Bible, but it’s a really good start to learning to walk with God. When others see you behaving in a godly manner it may affect them in a positive way. Hopefully, this is the kind of behavior that will spread world-wide.