For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so. Romans 8: 7-8
“If your God is all-powerful, why did He let my child die?” “Why are there horrible wars in the world?” “Why doesn’t He heal my illnesses?” Why, why, why ...
As human beings we want answers to the tragedies of our lives. We want to know why our lives are fraught with pain, illness, tragedies, and loss.
God made man with the ability to make choices. I cannot blame the death of my daughter on God. God did not kill her. A man did.
“But why did He let that happen when He could have stopped it?” one might ask. (And trust me, I did ask that question.)
It took a while to realize that God did not create us as robots. If God intervened in every situation, our ability to choose would be taken away. God wants those who follow Him to freely choose to do that.
In order for that to happen, there are going to be those who choose not to, as sad as that is.
Some people choose their own way. They chose to act against God’s commandments. Someone chooses to drink too much and a drunk driver causes a head on crash. Someone chooses to smoke cigarettes, and lung cancer is the outcome.
We have to take responsibility for our choices. Some people choose to stay in destructive relationships. Some parents walk away from their children.
Is this how God wants things to be? No. We have a guide book that tells us how God would like each and every one of us to behave - with love and consideration toward other people, with kindness, goodness, gentleness, self control.
Will He force His will on us? No.
Sometimes God does intervene. How and why God does what He does is so far beyond what I understand that I cannot attempt to explain.
I do believe God knows what is going to happen in our lives and buffers us against it as best He can, knowing we have free will to choose.
Some people choose evil. We can’t blame God for that. Or - we ought not to.
Our role in all of this? To keep on believing that God will bring good. To make sure we know what it means to be one of His children. To know the guidebook and walk as closely to our Lord as He can.
Is it a tough road? Yes. Can we make it through? With His help and with the help of fellow believers - Yes. Is this an almost impossible subject to truly understand? Yes.
Yet, I pray you will come to trust God, not matter what and no matter why you are going through the things that face you.
I pray, dear reader, that God will bring you peace ... in the midst of the storm.
Father God, Help us come to a place of trusting in You, so that no matter what we are going through we can take our burdens to You - the only One who can truly help us live this life. Amen and amen.
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