“The Very Worst Thing Ever!”

So what do you think? Who’s right in this comic strip? Or most right? Or most not wrong? Tough question!?!

Lydia is looking at “things.” Nate is looking at “people.” Sarah is looking beyond this present life, but seems to want to give an answer that will please Laser Eyes Jesus. And if Marsha Brady made a guest appearance, she would probably say, “Getting a pimple before your big date with the cutest boy in your class is the very worst thing ever!” (Ah! But what if there was NO Classic TV! Yikes! Has to be high on the list!)

I guess my point is that maybe in this present life, everyone could have a different “very worst thing ever,” and if we aren’t careful, we can get into a contest to see who has “The Very Best Very Worst Thing Ever Story.”

Do we even need to wonder about “the very worst thing ever”?

The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 (NRSV)

Sometimes I’ve read verses like this and I want them to mean that I’m not going to have any sorrow in my life. I’ve read verses like this to mean that if I’ve got sorrow in my life, then I must not be blessed by God, and if I’m not blessed by God, then I must have done something wrong. I’ve also read verses like this to mean I’m going to be “things and people rich” nor “spiritually rich.”

So maybe there are times when we bring our own ideas to God’s Word rather than letting God’s Word bring His ideas to us? When we bring our own ideas, maybe we can feel like we have the biggest pimple ever, have run out of glitter, are sitting next to the most unpopular kid ever, and (if that wasn’t enough) are going to be sent to “H-E-Double Toothpicks”!

All I know is that there’s never any sorrow, I believe, from spending time with Real Life Jesus. I’m not sure what “the very worst thing ever” might be for you, but I know Real Life Jesus is “the very best thing ever” for all of us.

7 thoughts on ““The Very Worst Thing Ever!”

    1. I’ve often heard that you can make numbers and statistics prove anything you want…so I’m wondering if this is maybe also true about God’s Word…that you can twist it in such a way to prove almost anything you want in any side of any debate. (Especially when there is glitter involved!)

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  1. I find the promises in the Bible to be quite misleading. I guess that is awful to say, but thats how I feel. when you look at the promises it is like no harm will come to you. But then you look around and see that isn’t true.

    Jesus suffered, was arrested, condemned, tortured and killed. The disciples and Paul had the same treatment. So, the promises must not mean what they seem to mean.

    I came to the conclusion they were promises that meant eternal harm or death. This will never happen to a child of God.

    The worst thing ever would be to lose out on eternal life. And yes, Jesus is the best thing ever.

    I don’t believe there is a literal hell where people are tortured by God forever. This is not consistant with his character. Of all the hundreds of verses that speak of the wicked being completely destroyed and vanishing, there are a few verses that sound like the punishment will go on forever. But it is the result of them being lost that will be forever. The “smoke” of their torment will be forever. Smoke is the end result of fire. They will never have a second chance.

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    1. I know what you mean about promises in the Bible. That’s why I picked one that I think we have to approach carefully. “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. Proverbs 10:22 (NRSV)” For me, an important part is “and he adds no sorrow with it.” I’ve known people to get Rich on material things, but their children end up quite spoiled and rebellious. So much for rich in material things! Ive known people who were so sure that they were rich in love and got married, only for it to end in anger and divorce. I honestly don’t know what goes wrong in either situation. For me, I’m just trusting that God knows me a lot better than I know myself and He only gives me what He knows I can handle and not stray from Him as a result!

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    2. I think that people tend to focus on certain promises in their own context and ignore others. The end result is confusion.

      Jesus promised us that we would have tribulations, trials and would be hated and killed for His Name. That our families would be split apart in division over Him but also that we would have great joy and prosperity and peace. The hated and killed part rarely makes the coffee mugs.

      Ultimately the main promos from Jesus of Eternity with Him with no more tears, sorrow and pain is so great because our world is filled with all of the above.

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