”The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV).
One of the most frequently asked questions by people both without and within Christianity is this or similar: “If God is love, why would He allow such bad things to happen?” These questions usually pick up in light of deadly natural disasters, terrorist attacks, abuse, etc. And I most certainly understand the questions; I’ve asked them myself at times.
The usual responses are often less than satisfying, but true regardless. God is sovereign. God knows best. Bad things happen as a result of the Fall.
God’s sovereignty does become easier to grasp as we grow in our faith, but it can also serve as a stumbling block to coming to faith. And once we do come to faith, we must wrestle with what seems to be paradoxical: God is love, but He allows (or even causes!) bad things to happen in this world, both to good and evil people alike.
But God is love! He does love. And we should love Him in return. The big-picture story of the Bible demonstrates and reveals His love. “…God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” Romans 5:8 (ESV).
While it is undeniable that horrible, tragic things happen on a daily basis, it is likewise undeniable that good things happen on a daily basis. So what do we do with this information? Is it duplicitous to fear and love God?
I think we most often approach God in response to His love. Do we have too narrow a vision of who God is? Do we miss out on God’s best for us by only seeing and serving Him through love or fear?
Wrestle with these questions today and throughout the remainder of the week (at the very least!).
Blessings on your day!
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