...ok..another question .....just a random question .........maybe you can blog this!! (:-) ...Do you think God purposefully takes away relationships that cause you to sin in an area that you are working on (or He is working out in you) when you are not overcoming in that sin area? ...whatever it may be...drinking, spending, gossip, etc....
Short Answer: I'm not sure.
Long Answer: Maybe, sometimes, but generally, I don't think so. Again, we have to acknowledge that we are doing some speculation here, but here's my path of thinking.
- Most of us would rather have an escape from a problem than a solution.
- For example, most of us would rather take a pill that will melt our excess poundage away than discipline our food intake and exercise appropriately.
- We would prefer to pray a 30 second prayer for deliverance from some habitual sin and be done with it than to work on a "long obedience in the same direction" to eradicate some negative pattern of behavior.
- Praying like saints of old through the night, literally on our knees with tears and agony of soul for God's anointed rescue, is way too inconvenient for 21st century saints hustling to the next soccer game, piano recital, or dinner engagement.
- All the exhortations of Scripture seem to take 1-4 above for granted.
- I can't think of a single Scripture that I can point to that says God removes people from our lives so we can grow.
- There are hundreds, no, thousands of Scriptures that implicitly indicate that we are to struggle through, by the power of the spirit and the mesmerizing truth of the gospel, with learning how to overcome sin. (cf. for example Phil. 2:1-4 or Phil 4:1-3 or Ephesians 4:1-32. All these passages and so many more imply that the believer will be actively engaged in working out unity in a daily struggle for righteousness and a greater depth to our understanding of what it means to be forgiven and how that should make us great forgivers.