This week I got the chance to spend quite a good moment with some fellow brothers and sisters. After quite a long discussion related to Matthew 7, one of the fellow sisters mentioned that sometimes God allows Satan to make us suffer.
I was like, “wait wait wait”, can any biological father allow his son or daughter to suffer? That’s a completely false conception. No father or mother will accept to see their son or daughter suffer. If they will not accept it, would God accept it? He gave His only begotten Son to die for the salvation of each one of us.
It’s quite obvious that we all need answers when we are confronted with specific situations. Indeed, we get confused and curious. All kinds of possible assumptions can emerge from nowhere. What turns out to be risky is when we try to make God responsible and the reason behind an undesired situation.
God created us with a free will. We have the freedom to do whatever we want. That’s amazing! It’s one of the most beautiful gifts we have. But unfortunately, we take it sometimes too much for granted. In fact, usually we occupy ourself daily with decisions and actions. They are either right or wrong, white or black; they cannot be halfway or grey. That’s simply not how things work. For instance, Adam and Eve have been created with a free will, they listened to Satan, they made the wrong choice, God did not force them at any time to do anything, but their decisions led to certain consequences! Did God allow Satan to make them suffer? Of course not!
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15-17
In the previous verse, God mentioned the word “evil” for the first time. What does the word “good” actually mean if we want to refer to the book of Genesis? It’s nothing else than the absence of “evil”. And here, God actually tried to prevent Adam and Eve to suffer by telling them about this tree. Indeed, He could have kept it secret until Adam and Eve eat it and here He would have allowed Satan to make them suffer. But not at all!!! In another sense, He told them that their actions will lead them to death and because He does not want that, He created everything good in the garden of Eden and asked them not to eat from the tree of the knowledge.
It is quite interesting that God asked them not to EAT from this tree; nothing is mentioned about “touching “ it. But let’s keep this part for another post.
Nowadays, the same things repeat themselves. It’s the wrong decisions that we take that lead us sometimes to inconvenient situations. I insist on sometimes, because indeed the decisions we take might lead to consequences to other people. Remember, Adam listened to Eve and that lead him and their sons out of the garden of Eden.
Do not let sin overcomes us, Jesus has fought for us and He got the victory. Still a little time before Jesus-Christ returns. The road is not easy, but we have everything to win. We already have the victory in Jesus!! Brothers and sisters I really encourage you to stick to the word of God and avoid eating from the tree of temptations.
Give, and it will be given to you. Luke 6:38