My friend, may I ask you a question? “If bad things are planned because God know they will happen, what kind of God do we have? Isn’t it bad enough that bad things happen to good people randomly? On top of that God has planned it that way all the time? You want me to believe in a God like that?”
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
“Things don’t just happen to us who love God.” Thus begins a poem by Esther Fields; one that I have held dear throughout my life. “We don’t just guess on the issues of life; we Christians just rest in our Lord; we are directed by His sovereign will, in the light of His holy Word. . . Things just don’t happen to us who love God, to us who have taken our stand; no matter the lot, the course, or the price, things don’t just happen–they’re planned.” This poem has often comforted me when life left me with more questions than answers. At those times in life when there doesn’t seem to be any rhyme nor reason to what God is doing, I remember the haunting last line of this poem. “Things just don’t happen–they’re planned.” For those who do not believe, this may be a rather shallow, even depressing thought. “If bad things are planned, what kind of God do we have? Isn’t it bad enough that bad things happen to good people randomly? On top of that God has planned it that way all the time? You want me to believe in a God like that?” On the surface it may seem that this may be a valid criticism of Christianity. If God is a just God, a God whose name is love and in whose hand is nothing but heaping helpings of grace, how can He plan evil?
God certainly is not behind the evil in this world. That would be the hand of sin, not the hand of our God. The devil, the world and our own sinful flesh have the market cornered on evil. There is neither room nor provision for God in that respect. So, if that be the case, why doesn’t God simply overpower the forces of evil and defend His people from all that is evil? In fact, He does. Because we are only weak and sinful creatures, we can’t see into the mind of our God. The depths of His wisdom are without fathom. The breadth of his thought is without measure. For that reason we are not privy to His knowledge or wisdom. But we can be assured that He is working in our lives even when evil threatens us.
Here’s a story. In June of 1979 a young man dashed to make a flight connection in New York that would put him on Flight 191 in Chicago. He missed his connection. Flight 191 crashed killing all 254 passengers aboard. Because he missed his New York connection, his life was spared. God’s providence at work. Another man, a pastor of a church in California dashed through the O’Hare terminal in an effort to catch Flight 191. He ran ahead of is friends who did not make the flight. He did. Was God’s providence working in New York that day but not in Chicago? Without a doubt it was. God had plans for both men. His plans called for the one to remain here on earth to accomplish His will. For the other, it was God’s will that he should come home. One dashed toward his death and God blocked that death. The other dashed toward his death and God hastened it. On the surface we might see only the winds of ill fortune. But, below the surface of our understanding, God’s sovereign will was at work directing and achieving His purpose. All we can say is, “Your will be done O Gracious Lord. Things just don’t happen–they’re planned!”
We pray. Heavenly Father, things just don’t happen, they’re planned. Sometimes, Lord, it is hard for us to remember that Your sovereign will is behind everything that happens in our lives. Help us each day to trust You, Lord, that we rest secure in the knowledge that even when bad things happen, good will follow. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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