“Punishment is made for mockers, and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.” (Proverbs 19:29 NLT)
Why do the questions for which we struggle to find an answer haunt us the most? Why is it so difficult for us to understand why some suffer in extreme and, from our perspective, undeserved ways, while others seem to coast through life without any serious issues?
In yesterday’s post I wrote: “Does God not care? Is He not aware? Why doesn’t He do something? May I confess that on some levels my mind can’t stretch far enough to understand some things – these kinds of questions included. But what I can’t comprehend intellectually I turn over to my heart to trust that where the limits of our understanding end, God’s clarity of heart and mind takes over.”
Many of us suffer, not because we don’t know the Lord, but because we misunderstand clear Biblical instruction. “Does God not care?” Of course, He does. Why else would He allow Jesus to die in our place? Is He not aware? He’s ever-present, all-knowing, and all-loving! He knows everything, of course He knows the whispers of every heart. “Why doesn’t He do something?” What more do we expect Him to do?
Stop evil people from exercising their free-will? Intervene and interrupt any plans that would affect us in a negative way? Stop us or the ones we love from getting sick or dying? Where do we draw the line? How many restrictions do we want to apply to God before He’s crippled by our ineffectiveness to see Him for who He is?
Personally, I’ve found answers to the questions I have and, honestly, every question I’ll ever have, in Jesus. He’s my “worldview!” For me, He’s the beginning and the end of every conversation, every problem, every sickness, every disease, every person who suffers any calamity, heartache, or pain. While He doesn’t cause these things, He is willing and able to walk with us in and through them.
And, yes, I realize that seems like a cop out, especially to an unbeliever, but the reality is He IS the answer. The Psalmist nailed it when he wrote in Psalm 46:1-2: “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”
What’s his point? Nothing, absolutely nothing, regardless of origin, can touch us without God’s permission. So, if I get a debilitating disease, lose a loved one, suffer unbearable heartache and pain, face challenges with which I’m far inadequate to deal, what’s my recourse? Run into the arms of my loving Father and trust Him to enable me to cope.
Listen child of God, we don’t have to apologize or make excuse for our unwavering trust in our Father, Savior, Creator, and Friend. He’s with us and for us regardless of what comes our way and, ultimately, when we face our own death – wow! What a gift from God – to be ushered from this life of heartache and suffering into the eternal arms of our awaiting Savior! It literally doesn’t get any better than that!
Life brings frightening circumstances over which we have no control, but I know Someone who doesn’t flinch in those times. He’s Someone who never loses control and is always ready, willing, and able to walk with us – even into the hottest fires, scariest, and deadliest environments.
Whatever you’re facing today, know this – our everlasting Father is with you! Nothing catches Him by surprise, so if you haven’t placed your full trust and faith in Him, please click the link below and find out today why God’s people never have reason to fear anything! https://hutchcraft.com/the-bridge-to-god
Blessings, Ed 😊