We want answers to our toughest questions and we want the answers right now. The emotions we experience in not knowing, not understanding are so painful. But, still God says, “Trust me, I know best, I will get you through this.” But, in the middle of some of our worst crises are we able to do that? I know when my kids were young I was not. I had so many mental health issues because my thoughts surrounded the what ifs, the not knowing if we would make it from one day to the next. But, the me today that is enjoying the results of all that suffering, sees the uselessness of all that worry and fear.
Then I think about those who have, or are having worse times than I ever did. How do I help explain a reason for such suffering? Me, who trusts and loves the Lord because of what He got me through. How do I help comfort someone who is living through worse suffering? I cannot, I am human, I do not have the answers. But, I know the one who does have the answers. So, we ask why Lord?
I know many believe God does not cause, or have anything to do with the evil in this world. I have come so far as showing that Satan does need to ask God’s permission to do anything.
But, R.C. Sproul Jr. in the video above takes it even further…..
This may be shocking for some, to think that our loving God could have anything to do with pain and suffering. Well that is anything other than to relieve us of the suffering. But, if we hold on to the thought that only satan causes the evil in this world are we not giving the devil more power than he may actually have? God is sovereign over everything. He created everything, He is in control of everything.
The reason God does give us turmoil in our life is something I would love to be able to explain. I am not God though, and really He is under no obligation to explain anything to us. If you have children I am sure you have experienced them asking you why you made a decision. Or, why you told them to do something that they do not want to do. I know I for myself have told them, “because I told you so.” We know more than they do, and sometimes explaining things will go beyond their comprehension. It is the same with our Abba Father. He knows when we are ready to hear the explanation for some things that He does that we do not understand. Or, if we are ever ready to know. The potter does not explain to the clay why they are shaping the clay in a certain way.
The point R.C. Sproul Jr. points out is that when God provides an explanation it is by His grace that He does. God always has a reason for everything He does, and for us to know that reason is only because He loves us and wants us to grow. In the next video that I will post on Monday we will start digging into some of the stories that explains some of the suffering on earth.