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Vol.  10  No. 3 March 2008  Page 18
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Ernest Underwood

A Moment of Reflection

Getting Angry with God

By Ernest S. Underwood

    Did you ever see a person who was so angry that he was frothing at the mouth? The Bible tells us of at least one such person. His name is Naaman. In 2 Kings 5, we are told in verse 11 that he was furious, and in verse 12 that he turned and went away in a rage. Why was this man so angry? Had someone kidnapped one of his children or killed one of his friends? No! This man was furious and in a rage because a prophet of God had told him how he could be cured of his leprosy. He couldn’t cure himself, but wanted to tell God how it should be done. It should be noted that as he went away in a rage, he went away a leper.

    As sad as this incident is, there is something that is even sadder. Man is lost in sin. God provides the way to be forgiven. Jesus said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” Preachers don’t like these words of Jesus. They want to be saved, but want to do it their way. They just want to say something they call “the sinner’s prayer.” “Baptism has nothing whatever to do with one’s salvation,” they say. They get angry with God. They are still in their sins. Do you get angry with God when through His Word He tells you what you must do to be saved, and how you must worship Him?

Living in the Garbage Dump

By Ernest S. Underwood

    When you and the family go out to eat, do you go to the nearest garbage dump? A few years ago, I was in Africa doing some teaching. Near the school was a large garbage dump. The vultures came for their meals. There, also, young children dug through the filth of that place, looking for something to eat.

    None of us would think of eating garbage when wholesome food is available, yet there were those who were doing just that. “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns; broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2:13).

    Peter stated that God has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3), yet many prefer to eat at the garbage dump of men’s doctrines, and of the world. Where are you feeding spiritually?

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