Where Was God?
Something we often hear in church, or from well meaning friends is the phrase, “God is in control.” Most of the time this expression is used when people experience a loss or disappointment. The feeling behind it sounds something like this: “God could have prevented the tragedy in my life but He allowed it.”
At funerals we hear something very similar. The minister or officiant will recite familiar sayings such as:
God took your loved one home
God needed another angel in heaven
God had a reason
Who can know the ways of God?
These religious statements are not biblical and sadly, they influence people toward atheism. How? Think about it for a moment. If God is the one behind the death, loss and pain in your life, why would you follow a god like that? Why would you trust Him?
People go on to further entertain horrible things they believe God might do to them. They think they cannot trust a God that may inflict them with cancer to teach them a lesson. They fear God, believing He arbitrarily kills young children for some higher purpose. They reject God thinking He intentionally harms people to punish them for wrongdoings.
If you allow yourself to believe that God is behind the harm, suffering or tragedy many people experience, then you will grow angry and resentful of God.
So why do we blame God? Why do we wrongfully accuse God of the things that are actually attacks from the devil? Why do we ignore what the Bible tells us about the existence of a very real enemy who is against us, and wants to bring destruction to our lives? Why do we assume God forgot about us or intended to harm us?
In John 10:10 Jesus said, The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
In 1 John 3:8 the scripture says, But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus directly tells us that our enemy is Satan.
2 Corinthians 4:4 says, Satan is the god of this world.
Consider also that most people in this world are not following the Lord Jesus Christ. These people have a free will, and many of them choose to harm their fellow man. This has nothing to do with God. This is the inherent evil that man is capable of because we live in a fallen, sinful world.
And why did Jesus tell us to PRAY for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven? If God’s will is automatically carried out, we have no reason to pray. He would not have told us to pray this way if there was no possibility of asking for His intervention and altering circumstances.
There is so much more to understand about this topic. I encourage you to really search scripture, and pray for Godly discernment. We must stop falsely accusing God of the mayhem and damage caused by Satan. It is a trap to lure you into casting blame on God, and distancing yourself from the One who loves you and has good plans for you. Have you been carrying anger or bitterness toward God?
In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
Today is the day to shed the weight of misplaced blame, and be freed from that bondage. God is for you, not against you.
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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell