Lord, this week I had conversation with two men, one my age and one young man. Both said the same thing to me, “I can’t believe in a God that predestines people to hell.”
The young man had just spent 10 years as a marine and had done three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is struggling to cope with this country and all the things he has seen and done. The other has had two wives die on him, and lost his business. How do I respond to them, Lord?
Son, My word holds true and can be trusted. I merely spoke, and the heavens were created. I breathed the word, and all the stars were born. When I spoke, the world began! It all started at My command. People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from My mouth. I made the hearts of these two men, so I understand them. Therefore son, follow Me, and I will show you how to answer these men through My words. Say only what I tell you to say.
Remember, I watch over all who fear Me. Those who rely on My unfailing love; I will rescue and keep them alive in times of famine. My unfailing love will surround them; for their hope is in Me alone. Those who trust Me will have all they need. Those who trust in Me will lack no good thing. My eyes watch over those who are Mine. My ears are open to their cries for help. When I hear My people call for help, I will rescue them from all their troubles. My righteous children will face many troubles, but I will come to their rescue each time. I have redeemed those who serve Me. No one who takes refuge in Me will ever be condemned. When they see this, THEN THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD!!
Lord, Your joy is for those who have chosen You and are deeply committed to Your ways. I prayed to You and You answered me, by freeing me from all my fears. In my desperation I prayed, and You listened, and saved me from all my troubles. Thank You that You surround and defend all who trust in You.