Monday, November 5, 2012
Confession #29 - Analyze This, that and everything else
We often do the same thing with God. "Why God why?" "When God When?" "Who God Who?" "What about this?" "What about that?" "How could this have happened?" "Why did you allow this to happen to me?" We want to analyze this, that and everything else until we completely understand the what, the why, and the how in an effort to avoid future pain, loss and disappointment. I have been there, done that.
This summer my friend's home burnt to the ground in the Colorado fires. I was horrified for her and found myself questioning God. My Aunt's beautiful home on Staten Island is nearly under water thanks to the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. I asked Him, "Why did this have to happen Lord?" When a friend of mine confided that she had been abducted and raped last week I was brought to my knees in tears seeking God, "Lord, how can you allow this, hasn't she been through enough?" When I read on Facebook about the 4 year old boy who lost his battle with cancer, I cried out "Why didn't you heal him?"
However, when we try to analyze why, we are forgetting that even Jesus himself was no stranger to the pain of this world. Christ said in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I want you to go to your bible and in John 16:33 and write your name in after the word heart. Take heart, Joanne, Take heart Lisa! Take heart Pam! Christ has overcome the world. God desires for us to have a life filled with joy and peace. God wants us to be content and live abundantly. He does not want to see his children suffer. That is why He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us. John 10:10 says, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
Jesus' reply to His disciples' question was surprising and for those who do not have an intimate relationship with Christ well, it's beyond comprehension, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him." John 9:3. Jesus went on to heal the blind man and as a result the man became a believer in Christ. God's glory shown through this man's pain and as a result the man gained natural and spiritual sight.
We cannot possible understand everything no matter how much we analyze the situation. God's word tells us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the LORD." Isaiah 55:8 What I do know is that God can, does and will bring something beautiful out of your pain if you let Him." Isaiah 61:3 tells us, "...for those who grieve...a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."