Why does God allow murder?
Why does He allow suffering?
Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people, and good things to bad people?
Why does he allow accidents to end with death?
Why does He allow what happened to me?
Why does he allow …?
I am sure we all have asked some difficult, BIG questions at one point in our lives. They are difficult, because there really are no answers to them. I understand how it feels like when all you can see is, “how can God be just, when He allows such things?”
Tanya Anurag asked some BIG questions a few weeks back, and I thought it was so great of her to end her post with:
“BUT He(GOD) has His own plans to FINISH it- the Master Plans! The plans we cannot question!”
I think it is only natural for us humans to question things, we seek understanding and knowledge, and I think it is OK to question God sometimes too. As humans we will never be perfect, not even in our faith.
“Thank you that you don’t condemn us for our humanity but instead hold us until we can move forward again.” -Holley Gerth
But I think it can be unhealthy to ponder these questions too long and give them too much room. I am thinking too much room is when you don’t get peace because of some questions NAGGING you and poking you, taking you away from your faith.
I believe that there is great comfort for those mourning: if they seek the Lord, they will be comforted. I believe that even though we can get angry at God sometimes, the only way to heal our wounds is to turn to God.
18 “I have seen his [willful] ways, but I will heal him; I will lead him also and will recompense him and restore comfort to him and to those who mourn for him.
19 Peace, peace, to him who is far off [both Jew and Gentile] and to him who is near! says the Lord; I create the fruit of his lips, and I will heal him [make his lips blossom anew with speech in thankful praise].”
It is OK to tell God your angry at Him. He loves it when we share our whole lives with Him, so He can participate. And He knows we can be angry, He created us with those feelings. But more than anything He wants us to turn to Him, and not from Him, when those feelings and thoughts and questions comes.
I also believe that there are certain things God can’t intervene with, because of our free will. Sometimes He can’t intervene, because I am not the only one with free will, and everybody don’t have the same way of giving my free will to Him, as I do. And even though I give my life to Him, and let Him steer me, I still make mistakes, because I fail to listen.
When “bad” people decides to do bad things, I believe God is sometimes hindered to intervene, because of the free will He has given us all -because He loves us so much! The same goes for “good people” doing bad things.
I don’t believe God separates us from each other with labels like “good” and “bad”.
Because we all do bad stuff.
We all sin.
God IS love, and can only act lovingly.
He cannot act against Himself.
But there is an enemy in the world who does all in his power to convince us and show us that God is not just good, that God is not loving, that God is not JUST.
But God is just.
We sort of placed ourselves in this situation -when Adam and Eve were disobedient in Eden. We are facing the consequences for that here on earth, but that’s where God’s everlasting love comes in again. That’s why He sent his only son to SAVE us from those consequences. To save us, so we can get an eternity in fellowship with our loving creator.
All we have to do is believe.
I am sure you know this, but I just want to share with you what perspective I’ve gotten after having struggled with those kinds of questions
All the bad started when we sought knowledge in Eden. And still we seek knowledge, and that is usually a good thing, until we reach a certain point. We are promised that if we seek God first, we will be given all else in return. All God really wants for us is to have fellowship with us, in Eden, and now.
Because He knows that that is what is BEST for us!
To have all knowledge is not what is best for us,
being with Him is.
Believe me, I am the type of girl that don’t like to accept anything until I understand it;-) Knowledge. Which is why faith IS hard.
We need to take a leap of faith, not knowing all there is to know.
But I promise you, He WILL catch you, and give you all you need;-)
If you’re carrying any unanswered, difficult questions, there is only one who can answer them. Only God can answer the hard questions. Some things we won’t get answer to until He comes to take us home. But it is important to be honest with ourselves and God -to acknowledge those questions and feelings, and be talk about it!
“we both know there’s one thing worse than the question that can’t be answered. It’s the question that was never asked.” Jennifer Dukes Lee
For Jennifer, it was the unanswered questions she dared to ask that saved her faith. If you want to read about it, click on the link above.
“Dear Lord, I pray for those asking questions that won’t get an answer in this life, may you fill their hearts with peace and let them feel your love, fill them up with your love! I pray for those asking difficult questions with difficult answers, May you give their soul rest, peace and grace to lay the questions with no answer yet away. May you lead to them someone with an answer, those that seek an answer You can give. I pray for all those who have lost someone. Comfort them. Be with them. Let them feel your presence, know that you are there, show them that they can come to you to get all that they need.
I pray for those who want this life to end, who is ready to come home with you, may you be with them all the time they are waiting, give them peace in their hearts, and fill them with your love.
I pray for all people having doubts about you and those who can’t see the true you because the enemy is telling lies about you. Protect their hearts and thoughts against lies and hurt! Lead them to the truth, heal their hurts and heal their wounds. In Jesus name, amen!”
Kristen Welch writes about how telling someone her question, and brokenness, be met with an genuine interest made a difference in her life. She says:
“I let her in. And she tasted my brokenness. As I wiped my tears and apologized for my awkward answer slash confession, she asked me what I wanted to happen. How did I want God to answer this big question mark in my life?”
I wrote this several days ago, now I am adding my Five minute Friday contribute below:
Last night I asked a friend a question that has been nagging me, one I thought I had made peace with, but reappeared. She really wanted to know how I was, and I told her the ugly truth. She really listened.
She didn’t have the right answers.
She didn’t say much, but she listened.
She said she was right there with me.
That I am not alone.
She reminded me of Jesus’ love.
That is powerful!
I think I can be so bold to say that it is more powerful than giving the answer to my question. Because knowledge and answers is not always the most important.)
Let’s not put our lives on hold while waiting for answers. Let us pray instead
-the prayer Jesus taught us:
9″ Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors.
13 And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”.
“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
God is the one to change the world, and He will do it through you if you let Him in.
Even when it is messy.
Even when it is ugly inside.