One of the hardest questions we face as followers of Christ is, Why would God allow this to happen? In regard to a tragedy, personal or global, the question of “why?” is often articulated in pain that reaches to the depth of a person’s soul.
Somewhere along the line, even Christians have bought into the lie that a good God would not allow bad things to happen to good people. Ever.
As with most other human precepts, Christ turns this precept on its heels as well.
“Faith saith not ‘It is good for me, so God must have sent it’,
but ‘God sent it, so it must be good for me”. Phillips Brooks
From the first bite of an apple in the Garden of Eden to betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane, human beings have thought they knew what was best. They thought they knew better than God and could fool him with their own acts of self-absorption.
In the end, the truth that we must hold firmly is, God sent it, so it must be good for me.
We might crave the bite of an apple, but God promises to fill us with all good things. We might desire one more day or week or year to live a life of self-indulgence, but God promises that we will have life, and have it to the full. We might whine about not getting a gift we thought we deserved, but God says that he gives us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm.
Yes, life is hard, and it is hard to understand how bad things can happen to good people, but in God’s economy, we are overcomers, we are more than conquerors. What can man do to us? There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God, neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation.
Abraham knew this, Moses knew this, David, Daniel, Peter, and Paul knew this.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. (Phil. 3:7-9, NIV)
What is it that you have been holding onto because you think it is good for you? Give it up to take hold of what God has for you, that which is best.
Yours for the celebration of life,
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