Big question – why does God allow bad things to happen? More often than not when we hear bad news of deaths, bombings, acts of terrorism etc. we are tempted to ask – where was God in all this?
Personally, I believe that no matter what happens, God is still God. He sees, He hears and He knows… He is not ignoring, He is Omniscient and Omnipresent. We might not understand His ways, but he always He has a plan.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.
Evil things happen and it is really disheartening when human beings become the vessels through which evil is perpetuated. We are often riddled with a lot of questions such as why doesn’t God intervene? Why does He allow evil? And so forth.
One thing we must understand is that God has given us free will. He guides us to do His will, but He does not force us to do His will. At the end of the day, we have the choice to make … We have to choose whether to love or hate, be good or bad, to be joyful or miserable…The choice is really ours…In 1 Corinthians 10:23, the Bible tells us that
“All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.”
Because of this free will, we can safely say that an act of evil carried out by one man to another is a choice. We choose to hurt one another.
We have many choices to make in our lifetime, but it is important to note that God has not left us to fumble in the dark and fall. He has provided guidelines and directions in His word so that we can make the right choices. For instance, when our neighbor or enemy offends us, we have the choice to either retaliate or forgive. If we go by our human desires, we would most likely retaliate but the Bible tells us to forgive. In Ephesians 4:31-32, we are encouraged to;
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
You would think that with all these directions and guidance, man would make the right choices, but we don’t. Sometimes we choose sadness instead of happiness, hate instead of love, to retaliate instead of forgive and hold back instead of give.
What our “mischoices” have resulted in is a world of chaos! The kind or world where a man looks another in the eye and then pulls a trigger.
God sees this and it hurts Him because He loves us but remember, He gave us a choice….
God put us here on earth to love one another and to be each other’s keeper. One of the best choices we can make is to act as the physical manifestation of God’s goodness here on earth.
Imagine how the world would be if we acted like the hands and feet of Christ.
If not us then who?
Enjoy this song by Matthew West