By Kurt J. Kolka

“Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.” — Apostle Paul (Acts 23:5)

There is a Bible passage to make people today scratch their heads!

Why is that in the Bible? Well, it has to do with trusting God. God’s primary goal for earth and its people is to bring them back to Him. This is being done in two parts, first the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Next, the return of Jesus Christ to earth to claim His followers.

God has guided and is guiding all history to accomplish His primary goal. Bad things will happen. Bad leaders will rise up. 

However, even in those situations, God is leading history to that final event where He will reclaim His true followers.

Trusting God includes contentment. There are many verses in Scripture reminding us to be content with what we have. They are probably best summed up in Hebrews 13:5.

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'”

Discontent can be a sign of rebellion against God. Why are you unhappy with life? Are you angry with God for where you are at in life? Or are you unhappy when people reject God’s will?

Now is a good time to ponder these types of questions. Where do you stand with God? As the days leading up to His second goal are taking place, we need to ponder this seriously.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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