Originally posted by wylekat
great. I've been punished.
thats the thing... you havent.
this isnt about punishment or blessing.
the people who say "god is in control" arent very encouraging because they dont fully understand what that means. so here are some scriptures that
hopefully will shed some light on your situation.
2 cor 4: But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them.
this scripture shows us that satan is currently the "god of this world". consider too that satan was able to offer jesus all the kingdoms of the
world for worship. this means satan is calling the shots on earth and alot of the bad things in your life are his fault (sometime bad comes from our
own bad decisions)
does this mean that god is not in control? no. satan has the world because he is allowed to, not because he was able to somehow take it away. why
would god do this? because certain issues were raised. if you look in job, satan brings certain allegations before god regarding not just job, but all
what does living in satan's world mean for us? well for one, it means a separation from god. this includes a lack of divine protection. to put it
simply, bad stuff happens...
eccl 9: I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet
riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
in other words, others at church are not richer than you because they are holier than you, nor are they necessarily better people. some people just
have better circumstances. sometimes they work hard for their money. sometimes they dont.
but sometime people are rich from dishonest gain. now ask yourself, is a person who lies and cheats his way to the top really getting god's
asaph felt very similiar to you.
 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.
 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily.
 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth.
 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them.
 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?
 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.
 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.