My grandson and namesake, Jack, brought me to the verge of tears when he shared with me his understanding about why discipline is a "happy" thing.
The unfolding of God’s works comes about because of our submission to His will and our yielding to His Word. And the Word always incorporates both power and love in equal balance, something that is very difficult for us to mix. That’s why becoming an instrument of redeeming faith is not easy.
God is looking for those who will move into partnership with Him in the struggle for mankind. He is searching for those who will grow up, who will lay hold of prayer responsibility, who will accept fundamental disciplines of the Jesus-life, who will give unselfishly, and who will speak openly.
In the aftermath of an earthquake, we need to have our souls settled. While everything else is shaking, certain truths sustain those who know God and His Word. Only as those truths are settled in our minds can our soula manage to carry on with wisdom, peace and holy resolve.
Although God may not have desired the way a person came into the world, that does not mean He does not have a specific purpose for that individual. Long before anyone is conceived, God's purpose for that LIFE is foreseen.
The Bible not only rejects but also condemns astrology. But the way to relate to a person involved in it is not to preach against their practice, but to show them the love of Jesus Christ.