We're in the middle of Olivia's girls hockey provincials weekend and I'm way behind on posting, sorry about that. Due to the time crunch, I'm going to recycle a previous post - this wasn't mine, it was done by my friend Sandy.
One of the most common questions asked by non-believers: "Why does God let bad things happen to good people?" I've heard it. I'm sure most of you have too.
The book of Job is the ultimate in 'bad things happening to good people'. Job was upstanding. Righteous. A 'good man'. So why did bad things happen to him? He loses EVERYTHING. And it seems so senseless. As readers, we have the benefit of knowing why. We are witness via the Word to God's plan and purpose for Job's suffering. Even though Job can't see it, we can see that his seemingly senseless and cruel suffering is FOR GOD'S GLORY. It's all for God's glory.
That's the answer in Job and it's our answer now. God's glory.
Just as our personal suffering is for His glory and part of His plan, so is the mass suffering.
It seems so contradictory. It seems so wrong to say that God allows the bad.
But He does. He allows the bad. FOR THE GOOD.
As much as God is love, He is justice. As much as He loves His children, He hates sin.
If our Christ bled and died and bore the brunt of God's full wrath, how can we exempt any suffering?
I'm sure it seems so odd and cold to non-belivers. But those who know nothing of God's love, can't begin to comprehend His justice.
God WILL be glorified. He will be gloried through my suffering. Through yours. Through the suffering of those who don't know Him and can't understand it.
God's glory. His alone.
He WILL be glorified.
This truth is mirrored in our 1 Corinthians passage today as well....
5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Our finite minds cannot comprehend the plans of God, and our faith needs to rest in Him, not ourselves.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Job 5-7, 1 Corinthians 3