GOD AND HIS SOVEREIGNTY!

Ever found yourself in a situation where you were tempted to ask God: "But Why???"

Most of us would truly admit to having been in some trying season of our lives where we didn't seem to find a reason why, or we must have heard about some event or tragedy involving a Believer which got us wondering how such could be the fate of such a great follower of Christ...

In such situations, questions like the ones below run through our minds as we try hard to comprehend or diagnose the root cause of the matter. Thoughts like:

"But why did God allow this to happen?"... 
"Is there something I have done wrong that is responsible for this?" ....
"But God promised us so and so blessings in His Word"...
"I prayed as hard as I could, I even fasted too"...
"But this other Believer does not pray as much nor know Scriptures more than me, yet things are going easy for him"...

And in more severe situations such as the sudden untimely death of a True Believer or a minister of the Gospel, the questions that arise become even more difficult to answer... Especially as many would expect that such could never be the lot of people who have dedicated most of their lives loving and 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 declared:
“...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 deepest questions of our hearts may be or the explanations we may have been able to find, the truth remains that the Almighty God is a good God, and indeed, whatever befalls any of His true sons or daughters, 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 our natural understanding...

It is also worthy of note to acknowledge the truth that in this dispensation of the grace of Christ, God relates with us more as a Father and not as a Judge... Even to the yet lost and unbelieving, God does not always react to their deeds in anger, as we know it is His desire that all 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 dark situation of life, God is neither punishing them nor judging them for some wrongdoing, 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 concern to us is when we experience delayed answers to prayers, God's silence, or even a more tragic situation like the death of a loved one, which does not look like a "good" thing after-all... And it is equally unlikely that a good God would completely leave His children for the Enemy to totally destroy... So in many instances, we may find that the cause is neither the Devil nor the Believer... And only in Eternity many would then get to know and understand Why! from God's perspective...

It is also my conviction that the Early Church 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? Why Not...???

And as much as we may believe we have answers to some of those questions, the fact remains that  events will always come to pass once and again that would distort the minds of men and remind them to acknowledge that there is indeed the Almighty One, Whose ways and authority surpasses all, and Whose sovereignty cannot be 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)

#GodisStillinCharge

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