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God Doesn’t Break Toys

The young boy in my music class pounded the tambourine on the floor. This was after I’d demonstrated to everyone how to properly play our classroom instruments.

Visibly frustrated, I confiscated the instrument and commented (in jest): “If you break this tambourine, I’m coming to your house and breaking one of your toys.” The offender gazed at me blankly. However, another little boy spoke up matter of factly.

“God doesn’t do bad things. He doesn’t break toys.”

Five Year Old Super Sage

My little friend had me there. I sheepishly admitted to everyone that he was right and I was wrong.


Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.

Psalm 89:14 (NIV)

God is indeed right and fair and loving and faithful, yet we are prone to blame Him when bad things happen in this world.

For example, I know someone who lost faith in God after her father died during a routine medical procedure. She feels her dad’s life was taken; how could a loving God allow this?

Truly, this is a tragic situation. But is God really to blame? Perhaps it makes more sense for my friend not to believe in doctors.

So, where is God when terrible, evil, and incomprehensible things happen? He’s in the same place He was when His only son’s life was taken: on the throne.

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️


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Portions of this post are from an earlier offering, back in May 2020.

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Have You “Set Your Face?”

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I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been.

Wayne Gretsky

Gretzky wasn’t the fastest skater on the ice or the toughest, yet he made a hall-of-fame career skating to where the puck was going to be.

Jesus Christ wasn’t the kind of deliverer most of the Israelites were looking for, yet he fulfilled His God-sent mission and changed human history.

Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.

Luke 9:51 (NKJV)

I love how the New King James Version says “He set his face.” Christ was proactive, rather than reactive, concerning God’s plan for His life. He skated to where the puck was going to be.

But how did He do this? The answer is, despite a demanding schedule, Jesus prioritized His fellowship with God. Large crowds followed Him everywhere, yet He “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”–Luke 5:16 (NIV)

Notice the picture I chose for this post. One of the young hockey players has his face guard ready. The other does not.

Kind reader, have you “set your face” toward God’s plan?


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When the Devil Plays Chess

Alan, from Devotional Treasures, recently posted about spiritual warfare in a piece called Satan Our Accuser. My brother in Christ from the Kingdom of Fife (Scotland) reminds us how spiritual warfare often follows high points in the Christian life.

There are several Bible stories which illustrate this. Remember Elijah’s discouragement after defeating the prophets of Baal? (1 Kings 18:20-40) Another good example is Christ’s temptation in the wilderness after a forty day fast. (Matthew 4:1-11)

The scriptures also share warnings aplenty about the dark forces who are behind such shenanigans. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”— Ephesians 6:12 (NIV).

In another place the Apostle Paul warns that “Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”— 2 Corinthians 11:14 (NIV) Other biblical accounts unmask him as an “accuser of the brethren” (Revelation 12:10) and a “lion seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

You’re probably wondering how this information applies to my post title. Oh, that was just click bait.🤠

Seriously. Alan is an avid chess player. So in my comment about his post on spiritual warfare I mentioned that Satan likes to play chess too. No I wasn’t comparing a fellow believer to the devil himself. I simply meant that evil forces attack Christians in strategic ways.

Like all chess masters, Lucifer and his buddies think several moves ahead. Their goal is to put believers in check, time and again, until we tire of the struggle and resign from the game.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7 (KJV)

As it turns out, God is also a chess player. And He never loses. Checkmate is off the board, but the enemy doesn’t want us to remember that. Thus the warfare.

Kind reader, “The Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials.”—2 Peter 2:9 (GNT) So don’t. Give. Up.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of this glory with exceeding joy.

To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty.

Jude 24. 25a (KJV)