When life is good, people don’t always notice whether God is there or not, even Christians. But, when hard things happen, that’s when we turn to God.
We wonder why He allows pain and suffering, tragedy, disaster….
Where are you, God?
There is so much suffering in our world, why doesn’t God do something? That’s what a lot of people ask, especially those who lack faith in God. They see God as mean, or unjust, or lacking power, and ungodly, so why worship Him?
The root of suffering is sin. We live in a fallen world, a world under heavy influence of Satan. Why doesn’t God just eliminate sin altogether? He could, you know. He has the power to do that. So, why doesn’t He do it?
Let’s stop and think about that a minute. Are you without sin? Am I? No.
If God wiped sin out of the world this very moment, we’d be gone, too. The world would be empty of all human existence, so what would be the point? No one would be left.
I had started writing this post yesterday. This morning in the Day Three MAYDAY video by Anne Graham Lotz, she addressed this topic perfectly. God gave us a huge gift this morning – through His servant, Anne. Rather than trying to restate what she said already (and perfectly), you can hear her words yourself here.
The one thing I do want to point out specifically is her answer to “Where are you, God?”.
We pushed God out of our country…no longer In God We Trust, God Bless America, all of that. We took Him out of our schools, eliminating God’s name from print in every government institution.
We pushed Him away!
No God allowed.
Hands off, God!
God wiped out of print.
No thank you, God, we said.
Yet, we expect God to act as God should (in our way of thinking), and protect us. He’s giving us what we asked for, so what are we complaining about?
I don’t know about you, but God is alive and real in my life. I would never push Him out. He is there for me. Is my life perfect? No, of course not. But, I can see clearly that the areas of greatest pain in my life are due to certain people who pushed the Lord out of their lives. These are consequences of their choice to reject God.
We all suffer from the fallout – of our sin and the sins of others. The only remedy is God and His forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ. Praise God, He rules over all!
He loves us. All of us! Someday, Jesus will reign over the earth. The book of Revelation describes what will happen. Satan will be kicked out and our world will get a fresh start…without evil…without Satan and his influences…a perfect world at last. His plan, His purpose. Praise God!
From that perspective, it is truly a spectacular Sunday! Gather, church…let’s praise Him!