My friend, may I ask you a question? When bad, even tragic things happen to us, where is God? What about God? If it’s true that he is sovereign over all things are under His control, why doesn’t He always make things right? Why do bad things happen to us?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
“If only I had driven just a little faster over that last few blocks; I would have made it through this red light on the yellow!” How often have you found yourself saying that? “If only this or only that!” I do this all the time; it has become habitual. It’s human nature to make excuses when things don’t turn out right, or at least the way we feel they ought to have turned out. We tell ourselves that, “if only” one little thing or condition had been different, then everything would have turned out differently. Yet for that statement to be true, we would have to have been in control of all the factors surrounding our bad luck, or what we perceive to be our bad luck. Are we able to control the electrical power or sequence switch that controls the traffic light? For that matter, can we control the speed of the others drivers around us? When you come right down to it, there’s very little we can control when it comes to traffic lights or anything else, for that matter.
But, what about God? If it’s true that he is sovereign all things are under His control, why doesn’t He always make things right?
Here’s a thought from Dr. Raleigh Jenkins: “I read once of a mother who had lost her only child, a son, in an auto accident. The mother became bitter and resentful of God and cried out in anguish; “Where were you God when my child needed you?” The silence, with no apparent answer, drove her into a deeper darkness. She found an enormous gulf separating her from the God she had been in love with since she was a young child! After suffering in a dungeon of hatred and bitterness for some time; not allowing anyone to talk to her about God’s Grace and Goodness, one day alone crying, she bellowed out in a scream, “Where were you when my son died?” Removed, as she so often wanted to be and being exhausted, she fell across the bed; however, within a few moments, a silence came into the bedroom, and a tender, loving voice spoke back to her: “The same place I was when MY son died!”(Dr. Raleigh D. Jenkins)
When troubles hit, we often lose our spiritual strength and begin to doubt that God even cares any more. Is He really in control? Or, as some have said, is He asleep, unwilling to interfere in our lives? It comforts us to know this, however: Since God chose to give Jesus into death on the cross, He’s also willing, because of His love for us, to give us into hardship and sorrow. It’s not that He isn’t there for us. But, like that traffic light, sometimes it’s just good to come to a stop, even when we are set on going. The good that may come of it is known only to God and we must be content with that.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34)
We pray. Lord God You are to be praised, even when things happen in our lives we can’t understand. When we’re wondering where Your mercy and grace have gone, help us to know You haven’t left us. When we are pressed by grief, we may wonder, are You there O God? Please deliver us from the hurt, the loneliness, the deep ache that has pressed us down. Forgive us Father when we forget that Your grace is always sufficient. Your mercy is never far from us. Help us to see that bad things never happen to good people; only blessings when we are chosen of You. In Jesus name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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