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Steve is asking, is it okay to question God about why he’s allowing all this mess going on in our country? It’s going to affect all our grandchildren and all of us.
Yeah, I think think that’s a really great question and very valid when you feel upset. If you want to be upset with God because you feel like God, you’re in control, why are you allowing all this terrible stuff to happen? I don’t think it’s wrong to question God in a healthy way. Obviously, we have to recognize that he is God, but also have a real relationship with God. I always think of the verse in Isaiah 118 that says, Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. God asks us to come and reason with him. God wants us to have a conversation with him. And then he goes on to say, Though your sins be a Scarlet, they’ll be white as snow. God saying, Whatever’s wrong, I can make it right. Jesus is the one that we go to the Father through Jesus, and we look at Jesus and how he dealt with people. He was just so loving and so merciful and so gracious. We see him being such a good God, and we see in Jesus one who suffered. Two, it says in Hebrews that he’s a faithful high priest because he suffered with us, and he knows what we go through.
He experienced every source of pain and trial that we could have suffered in our lives. He went through everything, and he bore our sins on his shoulders when he died upon the cross. He knows our shame, he knows our weaknesses. He knows our fears. He knows everything we go through. But yet he’s just a faithful high priest. He’s a faithful caretaker of us as people. And it’s okay to come to God and be like, oh, I don’t understand why this is going on, but it’s important to recognize that God sees the bigger picture. I always think about a story that somebody said once really quick, and there was a lady who was at a gas station, and she was done pumping her gas. She got back in her car, and a man in a semi truck saw her leave and started chasing after her. And the woman was very scared of this man in the semi truck. She was just, like, trying to get rid of him, and she could not get rid of him. And eventually she pulled over because she was running out of gas. She just was running away from him for so long.
And she pulled over and ran out of her car and was screaming for help. But then that same man who was in the semi truck, which had an elevated view up here, saw that there was another man that had slipped into her back seat and was trying to harm her. And so he came and removed that criminal who was trying to murder her. And so I think sometimes we see all these bad things and we think, oh, God is up here. He’s letting this bad thing happen. But really, he’s up there trying to protect us because he sees something we don’t see because he’s got that elevated view. Anyway, I just hope that sort of answers your question a little bit. We have to trust God, even though, yes, we don’t always understand why, but we serve a God that loves us. And I know this is not always a consolation, but Romans 828 does say that all things work together for good to those who love God, who are the called according to his purpose. And so even though the individual things that happen might not be good, but the end result is going to be something great.
I think that’s beautiful. And so just to summarize, it is okay to talk to God about these things and to ask him why these things are happening.
Yeah. And we say it’s totally okay to question God and wrestle with God. And there’s a lot of different whole chapters in the Bible where I say people are even doing that. People don’t have to be perfect to communicate with God. He meets you where you’re at. We talked about before, like the parable of the prodigal Son, where he’s coming. And then the father sees him when he was yet afar off and starts running to him. So God just wants you to start heading in his direction. He’ll meet you there and he’s man enough or God enough. What are to handle you blaming him for stuff, for you wrestling with him. And just read Psalm 88. This is probably one of the most depressive Psalms in the book of Bible. And this guy’s struggling. It ends with the word darkness. I mean, it’s just such a dark Psalm, but it’s in the Bible. Just let you know. It’s okay to be struggling with these things. It’s okay to have these issues. You don’t have to always end on a happy note in the sense of putting on a fake face. Be real with God. Psalm 109, this is the angry Psalm.
Or this guy just asking God to do these horrible curses on his enemy. But it’s okay to be angry when you’re having conversation with God when you’re taking it to him.
He can handle it.
He can handle it. Yeah. And then just lamentations, Jeremiah, you go through all these verses and people often are blaming God for things that he didn’t do. And the Bible isn’t trying to tell you God did those things. What the Bible is trying to tell you is God can handle being blamed for those things while you’re trying to work out what’s going on and work on your relationship with him. And then we get to Job, right. Everybody knows the book of Job. And it’s the ultimate book of a man who suffered horribly. Right. He suffered in health. He suffered in losing his family, his job, everything he had everything right except for his life. And guess he still had his wife too. Who said just die but job through everything. Even when his friends show up and start blaming him and judging him, saying he did something wrong job is still calling out to God. Still saying God, I don’t know what I did wrong. You must have made a mistake. Come on, God, what’s going on? He’s communicating with God. He’s trying to maintain that connection and that’s what God wants. As Tina said, it’s that relationship that is so important that just keep holding to God no matter what.
Those everlasting arms will never fail. You Amen.
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