GOD AND HIS SOVEREIGNTY!

Ever tempted to ask God "Why???"

I believe many of us will admit to have been in at least one unpleasant situation of life where we couldn't find a reason why; or we would have heard about some tragedy involving a Believer, which got us wondering how and why such could happen to a Christian in spite of their faith in God...

In such situations, questions like the ones below would probably run through our minds as we wonder about the situation... Thoughts like:

"But why did God allow this to happen?"... 
"Is there something they have done wrong that is responsible for this?" ....
"But God promised us many blessings in His Word!"...
"But they prayed continually about the situation, and even fasted too!"...

And in more serious situations such as the sudden death of a Believer or a preacher of the Gospel, the questions that arise become even more difficult to answer... Especially because many people would expect that such should not befall someone who dedicated all their lives to serving God...

However, since we know God as the Almighty and All-Knowing Creator, we often leave the answers to Him in surrender to His supreme will... Just as we know from Scriptures that He said:
“...For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)

So! Regardless of what the questions of our hearts may be or the explanations we may have been able to find, the truth remains that our God is a good Father, and no matter what befalls any of His children, He is fully aware, and His silence or inaction on the matter is nonetheless still a show of His love and mercy, even though it may seem like the opposite to the natural understanding...

It is also important for us to acknowledge that in this dispensation of Grace, God relates with His people more as a Father than as a Judge... Even with the unbelievers, God does not always react to their deeds in anger, as we know it is His desire that everyone be saved if it were possible...

So, unlike the thoughts that may easily sweep through the minds of Believers when they find themselves in a trying season of life, God is neither punishing them nor judging them for some wrong-doing, because it is outside of God's Fatherly nature to reward His own children evil for evil... 

His Word says:
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." James 1:17 (NIV)

And Jesus highlighted:
"...Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven..." Luk 11:11-13 (NIV)

But then the challenge is when we experience unanswered prayers, God's silence, or some tragic situation which does not look like a "good" thing after-all... And knowing that it is unlikely that God would leave His children for the Enemy to destroy; in some instances, the cause is neither the Devil nor the Believer; and only in Eternity would we get to know and fully understand "Why!"...

It is also my conviction that the Early Believers may have had similar questions in their minds about some of the events which took place in their days as recorded in Scriptures... So, some may have asked: But Why Judas Iscariot? Why Peter? Why Paul? Why Stephen? Why Ananias & Sephirah? Why Mary Magdalene? Why Joseph? In-fact, Why Jesus of Nazareth?...

The fact remains that  some events in the Believer's life will come to pass once and again that will distort the minds of men and remind them to acknowledge that there is indeed the Almighty and Sovereign God, Whose ways cannot be fully comprehended by mortals in earthly time...

"...For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else." Isaiah 45:18 (KJV)

We must then acknowledge that God does certain things in certain ways, sometimes just because He is the Sovereign God, and He has a greater purpose which we may not understand in earthly time... So, rather than question Him, it would serve us best to simply trust and surrender to His will, because indeed He knows best, and whatever He does or allows, it is ultimately for the good of His children...

Thank you for sharing with me!

#JesusChristIsLORD
#GODisStillinCharge

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