Do you have questions you’d like to ask God? Questions like, “God, how could You let the shooter in Las Vegas DO that?” “Why?” “Why didn’t You stop him?”
Did similar questions go through your mind as you heard the news last Sunday?
God’s question for us might be, “Why do you question Me, your Almighty God and Holy Father?”
It may not always seem like it, but God is in control. Evil is in our world, and we live and coexist among people who do evil.
If God controlled our actions, we would be robots. If God forced us to love Him and honor Him with our behavior, that love would be meaningless. Loving the Lord and obeying His word is our choice – our free will. Those who don’t honor God wreak havoc on the rest of the world. God provides for those who seek Him and loves us perfectly.
We see a wonderful example of God’s provision after He took His people out of bondage in Egypt, performing miracle after miracle in their release from slavery. Only weeks after their rescue, the nation of Israel complained to Moses.
“If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt”,
they moaned. “There we sat around pots
filled with meat and ate all the bread we
wanted. But now you have brought us into
this wilderness to starve us all to death.”
Really? They wanted to return to slavery, the thing they’d begged God to release them from – their bondage for over 400 years? Seriously?
Did they think God just willy-nilly swooped them out of slavery with no plan in mind? God always has a plan – His perfect plan. He rained down quail in the evening and manna every morning, and that’s how he fed the estimated two to three and a half million Hebrews wandering the desert sands for forty plus years. Can you imagine feeding such a large group?
The Bible speaks of boiling and roasting the quail. Where did the firewood come from? They were in the desert!
HH and I both taught this lesson in Sunday School last Sunday – he to our young couples class and me to a class of young teen girls where I substituted. We marveled all week as we waited for parts to arrive for our stove and dishwasher – both broken within the past month. With such a reminder of God’s provision, how could we complain?
We have proof of His blessings all around us. God provided our grill, remember? Our stove still works. And, He gave us plenty of soap and hot water for washing dishes until parts arrived.
The next time we start to complain about problems with this or that, we should thank God for all He HAS provided.
I don’t understand why people go off the deep end and shoot people in crowds. Yes, we live in a fallen world! And, yes, God is still in control! Since He managed to feed all of His people in the desert, I know God can repair hearts and lives of the brokenhearted family members of those who died. We pray for them.
The Lord heals perfectly, in time, for those who seek Him.