Do you ever wonder how a loving God can allow all the yucky stuff that goes on in the world?
Is our free will that important to God, that He would be willing to give us the choice of love or hatred or indifference towards Him?
With that free will comes the ability to do good or to do the opposite: murder or steal or become intolerant or be disrespectful or lie or gossip? To name a few.
God said in the book of Joshua 1, “Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my household, we will serve God.”
Joshua was speaking. I say God said it because Scripture is God-breathed, inspired by the Holy Spirit, according to
2 Timothy 3:16, ( this is my paraphrase).
In addition, there is Deuteronomy 28, which lists the blessings people receive when they follow God and the curses they receive if they decide to live on their own, without God. The thing that happens is they fall under the consequences of refusing God and His protection. Satan is considered the god of this world. His power is limited by God.
He only has power allowed by God according to God’s purposes. In Job 1:12, God answers Satan challenge, “All that he has is in your hands,” with the command – don’t take his life.
How can a fallible man with limited understanding possibly understand the all-knowing, perfectly loving, ever present, powerful, merciful, just God? He balances His justice with His compassion and insight. It boggles my mind.
Many prophesies have already been fulfilled. Jesus is coming back or we are aging or reaching the end of our allotted days, no matter how old we might be, or we’ll be here for a long while. Either way, are we ready?
Can we suffer graciously if God calls us to suffer in this lifetime? We know we won’t suffer for all of eternity in His presence when we’ve surrendered our lives to Him and asked Him to be our Lord and savior. I guess because I’m studying the book of Ezekiel with Craig and a few others, I’m very aware of God’s power and when He gets to the end of His patience – His response.
In Ezekiel it tells us leaders in Israel turned their backs on God and worshiped the sun god. Over the years, many people turned to worship other gods. Eventually, God got tired of trying to woo them back and said, “Let them be turned over to a reprobate mind.”
Punishments followed for their depravity: hurricanes, pests eating crops, countries overtaking countries and placing conquered people in slavery, lack of rain causing famines, etc.
In Psalm 111:10 it says “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”
In Romans 1:28 (KJV) says, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”
So if you ever wonder why God allows catastrophes and inhumane treatment of people and animals and of earthly resources, it’s because of free will. That’s all I can come up with. Do you agree?
So I pray for those in harsh realities, and hope for the best. I thank God for all the good I see and experience. When Paul was in prison he wrote portions of the New Testament. Philippians tell us to rejoice always and in Phil. 4:8 it tells us to think on things worthy of praise, lovely things, honorable things, true things, etc.
(godtube.com had this clip on Google images)
Hold on to Jesus in these turbulent times. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us in Hebrews 13:5. He came once as a baby. He promises to return as the Lion of Judah. God bless!
from fivedoves.com from Google images