WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS YOUR GOD?
When we go through times of desperate pain and suffering, we cannot understand where in the world God is when tragedy strikes. Why does He allow His children to go through tragedy, pain and suffering?
When God created this world, it was a perfect world. Genesis tells us that on the 6th-day creation was complete, and it was very good! A perfect world!
But when Adam and Eve sinned their disobedience allowed sin into the world and now, we live in this world under a curse. As Christians, we are caught up in all the tragedy of this fallen world. We are not exempt from the bad things that happen, wars, famines, natural disasters, diseases, heart attacks, road accidents, robbery, rape, or murder. As Christians, we need to come to terms with the fact that we cannot always explain things. Pain and suffering in this world are not always explainable. We call this the inscrutability of God – there is a dimension to the nature of God which we simply cannot understand or explain. See Proverbs 25:2, Deuteronomy 29:29, Isaiah 55:8-9 and Ecclesiastes 11:5. What did God Himself ask of Job in chapter 38?
When we consider the perfection of creation, it takes a greater step of faith to believe that our world came together by chance than to believe it was created by intelligent design! Read James 1 verses 2-4 & 12.
The adversity principle teaches that the more you exercise something, the stronger it gets, and this is true too for our faith. So, as we go through pain and suffering and our faith is tested multiple times, it gets stronger.
How we respond to tragedy, pain and suffering reflects our faith. Our FAITH is best displayed during adversity, and this can be our best testimony to a watching world.
When we give our life wholly to God and place our faith exclusively in Him, whether we understand the circumstances or not, that is faith. Believing in something we do not see and cannot understand!
Nothing is certain in this life. We are not in control of what impacts on our lives. There are greater forces in life that are in control.
Unless you can acknowledge that God is in control, then the events that take place in our lives make no sense at all. Life is random. But it’s not! God is in control!
God’s word tells us as Christians how to live in a fallen world. See 1 Peter 4:19, Philippians 4:6 and Colossians 4:2
When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, you relinquish the responsibility of trying to explain what is happening to you in this fallen world. Effectively, you allow God to be God and let Him deal with all of that. And in this lies the secret to joy and peace in this fallen world – a peace that transcends all human understanding.
We cannot fully understand God, but we can fully trust Him! We cannot fully comprehend God’s ways, but we can fully surrender to them. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we receive that peace which transcends all understanding. We can’t fully understand it because we can’t fully understand God.
It is that faith in intelligent design, believing in things unseen, that gives us peace and hope for the future. In Christ, you can have an “endless hope” not a “hopeless end”!