God’s Word for Today: This time of year, we focus on giving. But there is also the quiet suffering of many reflecting on what has been taken away. Loss is painful. Realization of loss at Christmas time can overshadow any joy that should be felt.
I would like to share with you some wisdom that was given to me from the Pastor of a very strong and Christ minded church in Kearney Nebraska. The question I put before him was simple. How do I respond to someone who has turned from God’s love because they feel that God is the one who is a fault for causing them the pain and suffering from loss. Here is a very wise and honest answer. Please take to heart and please share with those who are suffering loss…………..
The question reveals what many believe about God. At some level, many people believe that because God is so big and knows all things that He either causes bad things to happen or at the very least allows them. What I believe to be a theological flaw, in other words bad theology, is to say that God causes bad things to happen. While there is truth in the fact that God for some reason “allows” certain things to happen, that is a big difference than “causes”. God can’t give away what He doesn’t have. In other words, He doesn’t have sickness and disease so He doesn’t have any to give away. He doesn’t have evil so He doesn’t have any to give away. However, when hard times come, God does “work all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8). He does use our trials for good, but he doesn’t cause them. God receives the blame for hard times because of the thought that “God is always in control”. Which if we were to be honest about our life and honest about scripture God is not always in control. He is always in charge, but not always in control. He gave mankind free will, in other words the ability to have choice. It is impossible for there to be true love without choice. God wanted people to love him because they choose to love him, not because He made them love him. The hard part is that in a world full of free will and people who make powerful choices the inevitable is that there is going to be hard times, sin, and spiritual warfare. It’s interesting that Satan doesn’t get much blame for hard times, or the people around us, or the world we live in, or even ourselves. Rather God gets the blame. The reality is that his heart hurts when we hurt, and he longs to come close and bind up our broken heart. So bottom line… I can turn to him to comfort me because he didn’t cause my pain, and he is the only one with a true lasting solution for my pain.
Spirit of Life Church