A brief connection to God’s Spirit in the middle of the week.
Wednesday Message 10-4-17
“Why doesn’t God prevent this?”
I think that is probably the most often asked question I get and probably the one most difficult to answer.
“I don’t know,” is the only answer I can most honestly give.
I believe God is all-powerful, all-loving. And I don’t know why God doesn’t reach in and guide a hurricane out to sea where no one lives: I don’t know why God doesn’t calm the quaking earth; I don’t know why God doesn’t stop a man shooting into a crowd of music lovers. I don’t know.
And yes, amidst all the challenges of nature, and the evil of humankind, we have also been witnessing the wonders of nature and the goodness of humankind. I am humbled and awed by the response of the people of our nation and our world, (mostly).
But, we are still left with the question as to why God doesn’t just reach in and prevent these awful things. And I am still left with the only most honest response- I just don’t know.
I also don’t know why God loves us so much. I don’t know why God showed that love in such vulnerability in Jesus, so much compassion and passion, and so much power when after our cruel and utter rejection, God raised Jesus from the dead, who then emerged from the tomb of death and bathed us in forgiving grace, rather than divine, global retribution.
I don’t know.
But I do know in the story of Jesus and how it changes my mind, my heart, and my soul, that we can trust God.
God has promised that someday, somehow, all things will be right and faithful and loving and peaceful and heavenly.
And so, trusting in that promise, I continue to vow to do what I can to be a part of making that promise real, even now, in my life, wherever I am, with those I am with.
And the rest? I leave the rest to God.
Learning to live with the question of WHY is not easy, but it’s possible when you know the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer of life, God, has a plan of salvation for the creation. I know that plan only through Jesus, the Christ, my Savior, the Messiah of Creation.
And though I still ask, “why?” I don’t let it dominate my thoughts. I let my vow to “may it be on earth as it is in heaven,” be the guiding force of my life, and learn to live more in that every day, every night, in every hurricane, earthquake, and mass shooting. I learn it in the awful situations of our lives that don’t make the news, too.
You can trust God, even while asking, “Why?” And you can live a loving life, even while crushed by the power of nature and the evilness of humanity that shows sometimes. And when you trust God in this way, you not only experience God’s grace and peace, you live in it and you share it with others, with all.
I’m sorry. I don’t know why God doesn’t prevent these awful things. But I know God is with us in them and calling us into a greater, more heavenly plan. Don’t let yourself get caught up in the need to know (because you won’t, you can’t). Let yourself get caught up in living a Christ-like life, and show the world the love and grace and heavenly plan of God.
Peace in our journeys,
Pastor Steve Melde