Written September 28, 2017
Have you ever heard anybody ask if there is a loving God, why do bad things happen? I believe It’s important to look at everything in context.
God created a free-will environment on earth. Why did He do that? The best explanation I’ve heard on this question is… “because He wants volunteer lovers.” God wants to be chosen. It isn’t very meaningful to be loved by those that have no choice. So, we were given the ability to choose.
But, In a free-will environment some make bad choices… and we all seem to live with the consequences. Plus, 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Many will follow the enemy’s lead…We do live in a fallen world. We can’t attribute to God the “bad” things that happen in the world… rather, those things result from the choices of men and women…a byproduct of our free-will environment. “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” Romans 5:12 NLT
The miracle in all of this is… God does offer a plan of redemption. There is a way out. It is our choice as to whether or not we latch onto it and avail ourselves to that opportunity. If we except God’s invitation to new life in Him, we are placed “in Christ,” which offers a new point of reference from which we can perceive this world and rise above the circumstances of it.
Jesus said in this world you will have tribulation, but take heart I have overcome the world. We can choose to focus on the tribulation in the world, or we can choose to focus on the fact that Jesus has overcome the world.
It’s within the father-heart of God to draw us all down the path of the greatest blessing… Our role , is to yield to His influence, His ways, and His principles. This is our way of cooperating with Him as we enter into the degree of blessing that he has for each of us. There are many influences that might cause our earthly experiences to differ. God is sovereign, but He isn’t the instigator of negative circumstances.
God is always a gentleman. It’s His heart for each of us to choose. He wants us to choose Him. It’s up to you.