Why, God? Why?!


I wanted to go to bed early tonight but, I read something I was compelled to write about:

Jeremiah 9:7 Thereofre this is what the Lord Almighty says: “See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of my people?”

This pertains to “Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab and all who live in the desert in distant places”. Those who were “circumcised only in the flesh”.

People who are angry and are going through hardship often ask, “If your God is such a powerful God, then why does He let bad things happen?”

And you know what, I think, based on the Scripture I just read, it’s not that He lets bad things happen. It’s that we have free will and we are very hardheaded. If you read back a few verses prior to the aforementioned, God has been blessing His people over and over again, giving them second chances, because He is a God who likes to exercise kindness, justice and righteousness. But we humans are just so darned hardheaded and we keep on insisting on doing things our way. And you know, since we have free will and all, if we insist on going down a path that God has told us repeatedly to stay away from, then, we eventually head straight for disaster.

I can relate to this because I’ve made the same mistake in my career over and over again. God gave me about three huge opportunities and I kept making the same mistake. So he kept refining and testing me, until finally, I got it right. Today, I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. In an ideal work environment, with the perfect load, and the room to grow and learn.

Let’s take something that maybe more people can relate to. Let’s talk about global warming and all the disasters that are happening because of it. I don’t believe that God brought on all these terrible disasters to wreak havoc and cause despair and anguish over those who were affected. But we’ve received more than a few warnings about how we need to treat our Earth. Many of us ignored the call to become better inhabitants of this planet, until we’ve disobeyed to a point of no return. We’ve damaged our planet so much that we’re finally (and lethally) feeling the effects. God didn’t want us to suffer. But we were so stubborn, selfish and stupid (for using our free will irresponsibly) that it’s come back to bite us in the a**.

So in a nutshell, I just felt compelled to write what I took away from Jeremiah 9 tonight. God doesn’t spite us, or punish us happily. We suffer at our own doing. We use our free will unwisely, and precisely because we have that – free will – we suffer the consequences. And let’s face it. If these bad things don’t ever happen, will we ever learn? We certainly won’t. After all, we only start to repent when we’ve suffered a debilitating blow.

Your thoughts?

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One thought on “Why, God? Why?!

  1. Hi, Poodle. I am so happy to read about what you are learning from the bible and what you are learning about God's character. You are absolutely right in most of the points you raise but let me add to it a little.

    First, remember that God is sovereign. And nothing happens in this world without His consent. He does not create disaster but sometimes, He allows it to happen, for a greater purpose. Sometimes, He allows our hearts to break because He knows there is something better in store for us and that it is when we hit rock bottom that our need for Him is most magnified. There is always a greater good in the bad. And that is why we need to have faith. Even when we do not see good, we can be confident that God is doing something grand behind the scenes.

    Second, you are right that we are oftentimes hard-headed. We also live in a fallen world. One thing you fail to mention is the fact that we have an enemy that takes great pleasure in our downfall. Remember the garden of Eden? And how Adam and Eve were happily living there with everything that they needed? Then the serpent tricked Eve into biting the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, telling her that if she ate it, she would become like God. Eto namang Eve naloko, dinamay pa si Adam. Sa sobrang ganda siguro ni Eve, naniwala naman si Adam. And with that first bite, that first act of disobedience (sin), they gave the enemy an open door to mess with their lives and the lives of their descendants (us).

    John 10:10 says “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” The devil's mission is to steal our joy, to kill our faith, and destroy our soul. How does he do that? Many ways. He messes with our minds with deception of every kind, anything to lead us away from God. He creates fear in us, disappointment, discouragement, rage, depression, doubt, rebellion.

    While God may allow bad things to happen, we always have a choice how we will respond to suffering.

    Third, you are right that there is always a consequence for everything that we do. When we repent for the wrong things we do, God forgives us for sure. But we still do suffer as a direct result of what we do. The good thing is God still always has a way of turning our bads into goods.

    Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

    Genesis 50:20 (Joseph talking to his brothers who years ago sold him, telling their father Jacob that Joseph had been killed) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

    🙂

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