Hurricane Harvey just barged through Texas and now Irma is slamming Florida. Then there are the wild fires out West. Do you wonder where God is in all this destruction?
Some are of the opinion that one should never question God. They feel is shows a lack of faith and is a sign of weakness. I don’t believe there is anything wrong with asking, but we should be careful not to blame Him.
When we were in the first stages of training our little children, we tried to instill in them the importance of obeying without question. They didn’t have any experience to draw proper conclusions and they needed to trust us as their parents to know what was best for them.
But I was always excited when they really began seriously thinking about things and asking questions about the reasons why we did what we did. To me it was a sign of intelligence. Another result was as they began to understand why, they could apply that information to help them in other areas of life.
I know God is a way better “parent” than I’ll ever be, but I think we can sometimes use our relationship with our own children as an analogy of our relationship with Him. Jesus did when He was trying to describe God’s love for us. He asked in Matthew 7:11, If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
So back to what is going on… Some would say God is judging our nation for the moral decline and general disregard for the principles found in His Word, the Bible. I’m not sure, but there are some things I am very sure about.
- Man, not God, is responsible for bad things entering the world. By one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)
God created a perfect world and it was man who messed it all up by sinning against God. God has been redeeming our messes ever since.
I was following in my car as my son, Nathan, was riding his motorcycle into town today. I was enjoying riding down this quiet, country road until I suddenly remembered driving on it yesterday. There was quite a bit of debris strewn across the road that had fallen from a truck. Immediately I thought of all the dangerous scenarios for Nathan on his bike. Should I blow my horn to warn him? No, that might scare him. Should I call him? No, he couldn’t answer his cell while riding his motorcycle. Then I realized that the debris had been in an open area and could be easily seen and avoided. I also realized I can’t warn Nathan of every hazard every time he gets behind the wheel/ handlebars. And this was good practice for the next time something is in the road that shouldn’t be there.
Did God cause that debris to be in the road? No. It was there because of some irresponsible human being. It wasn’t God’s fault. And whether I am a good person or a bad person, I am affected by it. That is just life in this world.
2. God loves us and made a way to mend our broken relationship caused by sin. By the righteousness of one (Jesus) shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)
God loved us so much He gave Jesus, His sinless Son, to die and buy back everyone who ever lived and will live. A God that loves His creation that much would not take pleasure in watching it suffer.
The people of Nineveh were wicked and God could have zapped them, but He lovingly sent Jonah to warn them of judgement because He wanted them to repent of their evil. They did repent and God was pleased that they, along with the animals, were spared. (Jonah 4:11)
However, if Nineveh had not repented, they would have had to suffer the consequences. … And be sure your sin will find you out. (Numbers 32:23) We can choose our sin, but we can’t choose our consequences.
God doesn’t like seeing us suffer anymore than we like to suffer. The fact is, all of us, whether righteous or unrighteous, are living in a fallen world. God makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends the rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matt. 5:45)
3. God can, and often does, bring good from terrible circumstances.
4. We will never go through anything alone. I will never leave thee. (Hebrews 13:5)
5. Hardships give us a heart to help others in trouble and we are more likely to seize those opportunities when we can relate to their suffering.
Instead of just asking, Why? the better question is, God, where are You in all of this? If we ask that question, we are more likely to have a better attitude, learn to be more like Christ and will glorify God in our trials and tribulations. We should think about how Jesus would respond to the pain in this world and try to emulate Him. I think this is how we can overcome evil with good and find God in the midst.
Keep looking up,
My grandson, Destin- June 2017