A man’s own folly ruins his life, yet his heart rages against the Lord. Proverbs 19:3
This world is full of pain and problems.
Just reading the headlines can be enough to make you depressed and angry. inevitably, upon review of what is happening, the question arises: “How could a loving God allow these things?”
Blame is such a natural response for us. If we can find out who or what is to blame for what is happening, we can determine responsibility and, hopefully find a solution to the problem.
In my experience, I have learned a couple of things about “happenings” in this world:
1. Some things happen that are no one’s fault.
We live in an imperfect world. Things break down, weaken, and stop working. Man is not all knowing or ever present so he cannot be aware of every flaw or action occurring that can cause a problem. Death and decay were not intended to be a part of our experience. God didn’t create them or introduce them to our world. They entered the world because of the entry of sin. Someday, those who believe in Jesus will enter a world in which the effects of decay and death are no longer a factor and “accidents” which cause tragedy and pain will no longer exist.
2. What is sown is reaped
Cause and effect do play a part in what happens in our world. While not everything is a direct result of someone’s sin or neglect results do occur that are directly related to them. Usually, in these scenarios, the tie between the two are quite clear. Our original father and mother (Adam and Eve) saw a direct result from their free will decision to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Right after they ate, the “blame game” began. Adam blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent while, in reality each had a part to play in the situation.
I is interesting to me that neither Adam nor Eve blamed God for what happened. Neither said, “It’s your fault! If you had not given us a choice, this would not have happened!” Today, I hear people blame God all the time for things that happen.
How could God allow us to make choices that cause pain?
Because He is love and love is not real unless it is given by choice. We can’t blame Him for the choices we make when He has shown us alternatives that are better for us.
How could God create an evil being like satan who causes so much pain?
God didn’t create satan – He created a perfect being called Lucifer. Corrupt choices ruined Lucifer and turned him into the adversary of God and mankind.
3. How could a loving God create a world with disease, birth defects and the like?
God didn’t create a world with those things – They entered as a direct result of sin, which introduced imperfection and death into creation.
This world will be perfect one day but not until all corruption is removed. Corruption is not God’s fault: it was not introduced by Him. If we want to find responsibility for what we have, we can look in the mirror.
God is ready to partner with us to make what we have a lot better than what it is. Call on Him. He is faithful even when we are not. He is carrying love, hope, and peace and is looking for someone to impart it to.
Are you a candidate?