Bible Stories and Mother Goose

Daniel and the lions den; Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego in the inferno; Noah and his titanic; Jonah and his pet fish; Moses and his magic wand…

These I have heard throughout my childhood many times. Over and over I’ve heard the Sunday School rendition of these Bible “Stories” and others. I have read the bible more than once and have preached and taught that the bible is inerrant and infallible. That it is perfect and true in every form. And yet many times my life speaks differently. My actions do not concur. I began to wonder this in the morning while reading Daniel Chapter 1, what the story would’ve actually been like. What would it have been like to be a part of this story? What would it taste like to eat the kings food? What fear would come over me when the foreign king came and God allowed him to take my country; God’s country? Would I have made the same decisions as Daniel and his friends did? Would I stand up for what I believe in? More importantly, would I have considered eating the kings food defilement to my body, or would I have just gone with the flow?

Many questions arised in my mind as I read. Then I began to think about these stories that I have so adamently defended in the past. How powerful is the God that we serve?!?! How amazing is it to read and hear about these “stories” of rescue and hat seems to be magical power. Many Christian people, not unlike me, have read and heard these stories for many years and have defended them as complete truth.

And yet we sin. And yet we struggle within ourselves to believe. We have a fight within our minds and hearts in which one side is telling us that God is God and is powerful and will protect and love us. The other side tells us that “we need to take control of our finances, because God won’t”. It tells us that Jesus’ death and resurrection for our sins apperantly isn’t very magical because we still struggle. We struggle with pain and lust, because we do not focus and trust.

I ask you today, do you REALLY believe these tales from God’s word, or are they mere mother goose, humpty dumpty, fairy tales? Because if you do believe they’re truth, then you would know that we have a God that is capable of some pretty powerful things. The most amazing two to me would be the Creation of All things from nothing, and of course, to then become the sacrafice for that creation so that they might live with you.

Think about this today. Reread some of those old passages that you remember from childhood. Ask yourself if they are really real, or just tales.

If you believe, then know your God.

If you believe, then believe your God.

If you believe, then trust your Jesus.

Believe.

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No Matter What Happens!

Matthew 6:25-33

25†“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26†Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [7] 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30†But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

So, in the past year I’ve finished an enlistment in the United States Marine Corps; been through four jobs in two different states, while trying to find something that will support my family and dig us out of debt. I’ve been caught in the middle of the sin of lust, to a point that, were it not for my wife’s unending amount of grace and forgiveness, my marriage would be over. We have been as much as 4 months behind on some bills. And most recently, on August, 14th my wife, Donna, gave birth to Wyatt Gus Grunden. During his two month immunization appointment Donna mentioned that his eyes weren’t dilating the same and we were sent to the Dakota Eye Institute to get his eyes checked on the same day. There, they took a closer look at his eyes to reveal MANY problems with the left one, not the least of which was a detached retina, a smaller eye, and a tumor. We were sent eight hours away the next day to Minneapolis, MN to the Amplatz Children’s Hospital where a retina specialist did a thorough exam only to tell us that it looked like retinoblastoma butt THE SPECIALIST wasn’t sure enough to move forward with any treatment. She recommended us to the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA. There is a genius eye oncologist there with magical powers. We went  the next week, stayed a week, and came home with one less eye on the plane. Oh and last week, I lost my job.

God is still good, and I will trust Him with my whole heart and life…even if it sometimes seems impossible.