Monthly Archives: April 2013

Where is God when evil strikes?

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The answer is the same place he always is – on his throne. So why doesn’t he stop bad things from happening? Is it because we are sinful people living in a sinful world? Yes. Bottom line: there is no other answer. But God’s motivation for free will (or our power to choose what we do) is because he loves us. He didn’t create us and then force us to love him or to follow his ways. But rather he created us with the power to choose him or not. He wanted his kindness toward us to draw us to him and furthermore bring about repentance. (Romans 2:4)

If we think our God is not mourning in the midst of tragedy, our God is too distorted.

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16

Never give up

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If there was ever anyone who should have given up on his life’s pursuit, I think Paul would have been the ideal candidate. He said himself that no one could compete with the misery and suffering he’d experienced. (2 Corinthians 11:21-29) Yet with each injustice his resolve must have grown stronger – how else would you explain his persistence to spread the gospel? Paul excelled at “forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”. (Philippians 3:13) He didn’t just write those words, he lived them. He doesn’t offer advice on a topic he is unfamiliar with and that’s why those words are extra inspiring!

Are there any areas of your life in which you cannot understand why you have had to suffer or suffer tremendously? I know I can look back at my life and see many areas in which I was allowed to suffer. Though times can be rough, the character that is built is worth it. Of course, it’s only worth it if you value such things as I do. I believe that when we go to heaven, we take our character with us. I certainly don’t want to get to heaven with a greedy, rude, and self-centered attitude. I hope to get there having been refined by the fire through perseverance in difficult times.

For more on the character God desires, read about the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23

For more about Paul’s wisdom on suffering: Romans 8:18-21

Philippians 3:7-11