When the world seems to be going insane and things don’t make sense, I often hear people say how could a loving God allow this to happen? This one statement alone has puzzled people since the beginning of time. It has also caused many people to simply believe that there is no God at all when bad things happen in this world.
I will begin by saying that our God of the Universe is a loving God! He truly desires for every person on this earth to trust and believe in Him. He sent His one and only son Jesus Christ to pay for all of our sins. He endured horrific torture and pain in order to free those of us who believe in Him from our own pathetic sins.
Yes, there are awful things happening in our world. God is not turning His back on us. The easy thing for many people is to simply blame God when bad things happen! They have no other answers so blaming God is the easy, pat answer!
Let’s back up a moment and study this statement! A loving God? Yes, God is pure love! He loves each and every one of us. In fact, He loves us so much that even though none of us deserves to be with Him in Heaven someday, He has provided us with a way to spend eternity with Him!
Now about the “allowing” part of this statement. God desires for His people to love us. He doesn’t however, force us to love Him. In His ultimate wisdom, He allows us to decide if we want to follow Him. This is true love. Forced love is not love at all!
Because He gave us a free will, there will always be those who choose to turn their backs on God. Just like the absence of light there is darkness. And, the absence of heat results in coldness. Without God, evil will and does exist.
Rather than blaming God when bad things happen, perhaps turning to God in reverence and humility earnestly seeking His will would help in the difficult times. He is Omniscient – He knows all things! He is Omnipresent – meaning He is everywhere! And he is Omnipotent – He is all powerful! He is the only thing that makes any sense in this crazy, mixed up world.
The Good News too is that He can and does use all circumstances for good! We are limited human beings. There are difficult concepts that we will never fully understand God because we are not God!
When bad things happen, take a moment to turn to Him, seek His face and cling to Him. We will never fully understand the evil forces that are here on earth but we can pray earnestly for good to overcome the evil. Keep your eyes on Him, never lose your faith and put your trust in Him completely.
I will leave you with this beautiful passage from Psalm 59:9-10
Oh my strength, I watch for You, You, Oh God, are my fortress, my loving God.
He is my strength when things are tough. I am thankful that He is my Rock and that I can turn to Him. I can ask Him questions and I can seek His answers. His Word has been given to us! In His Word, we can find the answers!
Blessings to all!