Maanne Ilagan Lopez
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On the Rocks January 2008

Blue and Silver January 2008

People tend to complain from suffering. Big or small, be it about problems in school, family, work, love, health, or so, side comments are often blurted out. We want all the wellness and prosperity, yet we do not want to endure any pain.  That cannot be. “Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10) Job suffered a lot. He lost everything not knowing the reason why. But he never blamed God. He accepted God’s will whole-heartedly. Patiently carry on the difficulties you might have and God can turn these trials into blessings. Our great qualities are called out during the darkest hours. Look at your distress as a challenge which will eventually make us better persons. God tests us, our faith, and our strength. If time comes that you feel like giving up, call on to Him. Let God be your strength, and there’s nothing you can’t go through.

If you want to get high grades; if you want to get promoted in your work; if you want to achieve something, of course, you must work for it. Though you ask God in your prayers to give you such rewards, make sure that your prayer has a corresponding action. Prayer is nothing without deeds. You can’t just seat there and relax expecting to receive a grade of flat one, nor you won’t get promoted if you’re irresponsible. “Action without prayer is arrogance, prayer without action is hypocrisy.”- Jose Zayas

The tenacity of His strength in us shines brightest through human weakness. We call on to Him only when we’re really down. When no one is there for us, we run to Him for we know that we’re always welcome. God is making us something much better – than you ever thought possible through these challenges. Keep in mind that whatever God teaches through pain is gain. Lessons are learned from the difficulties that we encounter. Although sometimes life can be too tough, we should learn to face it and take up our own cross. God would never give something we can’t handle. Why do we deal with the same problems over and over again? Probably they are not solved yet. If these had been solved already then everything will be easier and it wouldn’t be a problem for us. Be challenged. Don’t be knocked-out so easily. Don’t give up without a fight. As long as you can breathe; think clearly; move your body; and as long as you believe in God, sure you can punch some more. You’re only carrying your own cross. Think of Jesus Christ, He sacrificed His life and did not grumble with all the hardships that were given to Him. He, the Son of God, did not complain and unconditionally followed His Father’s will. “Who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23).

Our life is a gift from God, we should be thankful for every new day that He gives us. We have no right to grumble. Every trial has a meaning and humans suffer for a reason that is why we must never whine. Doing such is not a Christian way. It’s like questioning His justice. God commanded never to complain. “Do all things without complaining and disputing” (Philippians 2:14, NAS).

Maanne Lopez

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