This is day 10 of the Write 31 days October challenge. I’m using Five Minute Friday‘s one word prompts this year and tying my posts to a hymn of the Christian faith. For the rest of my posts click on the landing page. Today’s word is listen.
Why would a good God allow evil, suffering and pain? God is love isn’t he? The perfect love. Love that we can’t understand and love that we don’t understand.
“Good” people go through pain and suffering.
Job, upright and a man of God (who incidentally appears to be a slave owner) lost everything.
David was a man after God’s own heart and sinned.
God not only allowed wars but sent people to war. Or did you forget about what we call the battle of Jericho? What about all the other times God’s people were sent in to take the land?
Today God might even be called a cold blooded killer– maybe you’ve forgotten about Ananias and Sapphira?
Sometimes we don’t like to listen to the whole of God’s word do we? We make it what we want it to be, and disregard what we don’t like.
We don’t like slavery, we don’t like war, we don’t like the thought of hell and damnation. We’ve got this whitewashed idea of the definition of love, but friends, if we’re only looking at the part of God’s word that we like we’re missing so much. We’re missing His complete story. We’re missing grace and mercy.
We make Jonah’s story more like a fairy tale than what it really was.
We make Satan out to be a little red devil with a pitchfork instead of a huge, ugly scary dude.
We cartoon things but in reality, sometimes Scripture is more like a horror show filled with war and murder and death.
We make excuses for God when we have no right or reason to excuse God’s character.
A good god would never want me to feel pain.
A good god would want me happy.
A good god would want me healthy, wealthy and wise.
Friends, this flippant attitude makes light of God’s complete character. It reduces the God of the universe, the God that has existed before time began, the God that created all things and by him the only way all things even have life and breath to a cute little cartoon character that has no power or authority,
But God has all authority over all things. Good things, and evil things. And he has certain rules and laws for our well-being that we cannot excuse. No, not in a legalistic way in a way that we cannot refuse if we are His child. In a way that we are compelled to obey.
Dear friends, this is how sin continues. We convince ourselves that God is a sweet little grand-daddy like being that only wants us happy. We convince ourselves that we are wiser, stronger and dare I say more knowing than God himself and then we excuse the sin we get caught up in because we convince ourselves that we know better the attributes of God better than He himself knows them.
I’ve seen it happen, and I’ve been guilty of it myself. We all have.
Listen my friends, we might be gods, but we are not God. As much as we, in our humanness defend our sinful actions, when we face our Creator at the end of time there will be no excuse for he is truly righteous and just. Forgiveness is for all who are repentant yes certainly. I fear we have forgotten.
Love Lifted Me
I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more But the Master of the sea, heard my despairing cry From the waters lifted me, now safe am I Love lifted me! Love lifted me! When nothing else could help Love lifted me! All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I'll cling In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing Love so mighty and so true, merits my souls best songs Faithful, loving service too, to Him belongs Souls in danger look above, Jesus completely saves He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves He's the Master of the sea, billows His will obey He your Savior wants to be, be saved today