September 21, 2010 Issue #054

Is second guessing God a habit we can break?

Second guessing God has become a popular pastime with us singles. We've been deeply disappointed in life, and we can't figure out why.

As hard as we try to live the Christian life, we can't jettison our human nature, which makes us doubt and question. And if you're a believing Christian, you know that Satan just loves to encourage your doubt.

Is it possible to live life without solid answers? Is it possible to be happy and contented without knowing the "why" of everything?

I think we can stop questioning God's competency. Here are some thoughts on second guessing God...

Faith grows

An acorn falls
and plummets to earth,
bouncing and rolling
for all that it's worth.

It finally stops in a tiny rut.
A tiny rut.

A sheet of leaves,
a comforter of snow,
warming sun,
spring breezes blow.

A tentative tendril
searches the earth,
weaving its way
past the stones in the dirt.

A sprout appears
one moonlit night
and a leaf reaches out
to seek the light.

Then roots,
more leaves
turning toward the sun.
A sturdy start
before summer's done.

Through the seasons,
eighty years,
every spring
new growth appears.

Firmly anchored
through storms and squalls.
In the forest
an acorn falls.

--Jack Zavada, 2010--

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September Quoto-rooter

September's quotation comes from Oswald Chambers, a Scottish minister and author of the devotional classic, My Utmost for His Highest:

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”
Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

As my pastor said recently, "If we could understand God, God would be smaller than our brain." We can know much about God from reading the Bible. Jesus said, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)

But God also said, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." (Isaiah 55:8) What we can do is understand and know God's character, even if we are incapable of understanding his ways.

When we acknowledge his loving kindness, his compassion, his patience, and his zeal for our good--as we clearly see in Jesus--then we can give up asking "Why?" and step out in faith.

In case you missed it...

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When your faith-o-meter says 'Dangerously low!'

Doubt is the way of the world. Doubt isn't fueled by courage; it's fueled by fear. Courage, readily supplied by the Holy Spirit, is the way for us Christians.

But we're only human, and we singles, especially, get down in the dumps. Sometimes our faith-o-meter registers, "Dangerously low!"

When you need to fill up, here are 5 tips to get going again: 5 Faith Builders...

Help me stomp stuff out!

The other day a visitor to said he or she (they didn't give their name) was "shocked and upset" because they saw an ad for Scientology on my site.

Here's the explanation: I don't choose the ads. Google scans the keywords on a page and tries to match the ads to the content of that page. However, I am able to remove offensive ads, such as that one, but only if I know which page it's on. The visitor didn't tell me.

If you see an offensive ad on the site, PLEASE email me and tell me which page it's on. You don't have to give your name, but with over 320 pages up now, I don't have time to constantly check each one.

I have blocked a truckload of offensive ads and will continue to do so, but only if I can locate them. So let me know, using our inoffensive contact form.

That's about it for September, fellow singletons. Fall is in the air here in Illinois, USA, and we have some exciting things planned for the site and upcoming newsletters. Thanks for reading!

Until October, remember,

God is good. That's Who He is!

Jack Zavada
401 Indiana Ave
Streator, IL 61364 USA