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just some thoughts

Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:30 am
by ManofGod79
I cried out, "Lord, why aren't you saving me?" quiet. I sat in a mess and wondered if there really was a God then He would help me out of this mess I'm in. If there really was a God then bad things wouldn't happen to good people like me.

the above section is my take on the world. too often I hear that God can't exist because there is too much pain and suffering and brokenness. the God we speak of is loving and kind and merciful right? oh yes, but He is also mighty, just and righteous above all.

when people allow sinful nature to guide them, the result is a cry to God for help. when they don't get a response immediately they feel that He has abandoned them or must not exist. "my mom died of cancer, I just can't believe that a loving God would allow her to die like that." "my dad committed suicide last night. if God really cared about me he wouldn't have taken my dad from me."

the wages of our sin leads to death. sometimes those decisions result in a physical death. at other times, we live on but are spiritually dead.

one final thought,

it's hard to see the love of God when you keep yourself boxed in by your worldly expectations and desires.

Re: just some thoughts

Posted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:13 am
by ccgr
we can't put God in a box either, He's bigger and better than anything we can imagine

Re: just some thoughts

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:45 pm
by ArcticFox
I hear that argument a lot too.

Thing is, that argument is based on the notion that God isn't living up to whatever moral or ethical expectations are being presented.

My mom died this summer from lung cancer. She didn't die from God punishing her. She wasn't "taken from me." She died because she insisted on putting nicotine in her lungs for 56 years and it eventually caught up to her. End of story.

We have freewill, and having freewill means we sometimes make bad things happen to ourselves and to others. Sure, not all tragedies and pain come from decisions people make. Natural illnesses happen. Natural disasters happen. Accidents happen. They just happen. How we deal with them is the true test of our faith in God. It's easy to worship and hold on to faith when everything's sunshine and puppies. It's a lot harder when we're suffering because of things we can't control. That's the whole point of being able to go to God for comfort. He isn't always going to relieve our suffering, but at least we don't have to go through with it alone.

Re: just some thoughts

Posted: Fri Nov 28, 2014 11:57 am
by Expat_PM
We live in a fallen world. It's hard to live in this world sometimes and we may often wish God would intervene. But let's not get caught up in the enemy's game blaming God for not being who we think He should be. We see through such narrow window that shows us only the most slender slice of reality - not the whole picture of all things in all times as God sees it. Also, we have to remember (and I'm talking to me here mostly) that what we see as the "reality" of our situation is merely our perception of our situation. A friend told me once that the Truth of God's Word is never bound by the facts of our situation.

I'm not sure I actually added anything to the situation but it helps me to remind myself sometimes that God is not subject to my whims nor to the enemy's schemes - He is God and is in control even when I think He's asleep at the switch.