Lots of people ... in times of distress, or after watching the news ... ask the question “Why does God allow these bad things to happen?” If He could stop them, and we believe He can, why is there sadness, and evil, and pain and disappointment everywhere? Doesn’t He love us?
The answer to that last question is YES! He does love us. He loves us enough to not leave us where we are. He loves us enough to want His best for each of us. He loves us enough to discipline us ...
I cannot answer in this short paragraph, the huge question for each person of why seemingly bad things happen to people ... children abused, babies murdered, tragic accidents seem to make no sense. But I do know a God who speaks to me ... who has left his Word as a guide for my life. I do know a God who guides my path and my steps. He has made a way when it seemed there was no way so many times! He has provided a way for me to talk to Him, hear Him, and help to follow where He leads. If I want to.
Oh ouch! He has given me free will, a choice to listen and obey! There are times, too many to list, that I heard the Lord, and pretended not to ... chose to have my own way, chose not to go to Nineveh ... No matter how hard I have tried to ignore what I knew I was supposed to be doing, God made a way For me to know His truth.
I am reminded of the story of the oyster, who having gotten a speck of sand inside their shell, just wants it to go away. The oyster wants the irritation to stop. (I just want to do what I want ... not what God wants ..) The oyster, begins to cover the grain of sand - making it smoother, less irritating. When it is complete .. a beautiful pearl emerges from the shell. The oyster didn’t do that on purpose ... the oyster didn’t change when there was no sand irritating it. But God ... but God, who uses everything for the good of those who love him and have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8.28) allows the sand to get in, causing the change to happen.
We do not change or do anything different when life is going smoothly and going our way. We stay stuck on the road we are traveling. But God ... allows the bumps, to move us, to point us in His direction ... allowing (in His time) something beautiful to happen.
Living in the bumps of the road,