Tuesday, July 24, 2012

God in the Disasters


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This weekend was another sad day in this broken world we live in. At something as trivial as a movie, lives are can be lost. Thursday Night/Friday Morning was another reminder that at the drop of a dime our lives can change. While I may not know anyone in Colorado my prayers go out to them.

When events like this happen it makes those of us strong in our faith question God. Why would God let this happen? Does he even care about us? Where is God? Does God exist in this world? Is there another world? 

These are questions we ask when bad things happen. I can say that from time to time I have also asked the same questions. If you know me well, you know that I am a feeler and I have a tendency to run off of emotion. These questions can become dangerous because they turn the focus off of God and onto you.

We hear that God has a plan and he can do good things out of our depravity. Still though, we cannot come to grips that God has a plan. We think back to our Sunday school teaching of God's plan in our life and how God is good and such. That's not real life, every day we run into different problems, challenges and tragedies.  

How do we trust in God when these things happen? We can find verse in the bible that says things like Romans 12:9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Which is true, we do not need to accept evil, approve of evil or participated in evil, stay true to what is good. This still doesn't answer the question of why do these things happen. 

It’s important to note that Jesus even had to suffer pain and evil upon him. He even cried out with Psalm 22: 1-5

            My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
                        Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
            O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
                        and by night, but I find no rest.
            Yet you are holy,
                        enthroned on the praises of Israel.
            In you our fathers trusted;
                        they trusted, and you delivered them.
            To you they cried and were rescued;
                        in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
(Psalm 22:1-5 ESV)

While in the garden he even asked for God to save his life and pass this cup.

          Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
         
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(Matthew 26:36-39 ESV)

As you can see from the end of the passage Jesus still asks for God's will to be done. This is key because it shows us that there is suffering in life but God can still shine through and use that pain for good. I mean, he did raise Jesus. 

While this doesn't help us with the immediate pain of the losses that were suffered, we can find solace in Christ that there are things we don't really understand why or how they happen. Our world is broken, it started with Adam and Eve and there are days when the Devil gets that stronghold in us and wrecks havoc on the world. All good things come from God; the day that we ate from the tree was the day that we stopped trusting in God. Jesus came to bridge us back to God.

I was reading recently that God forgives the sins of our past, the sins of today and even the sins that have yet to happen. That is a freeing thought, no matter what we do, God loves us and has a plan for us. That pain, however tough it may be can be used for good one day. We will suffer, we are sinners but God loves us and wants a relationship with us. God doesn't need us, but we need to give him the glory. Go back and read Job, the main lost everything and yet he was still able to praise God and when he finally reached his breaking point, God reminded him of whom God is.

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