“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” ~ Psalm 23:4 (KJV)
It seems like our biggest fears come true. You lose the job. The person you love doesn’t love you back. Mom dies. You are suddenly stricken with illness. The scholarship money doesn’t come through. Daddy runs off with his secretary. War breaks out. The house burns. The cancer is back. Stocks plummet. That nagging worry you push away before going to sleep at night suddenly becomes your reality instead of your nightmare, and you find yourself screaming to heaven and wondering where God is and why did this happen.
Well-meaning friends step up and offer what comfort they can, hoping you won’t ask them the one question they can’t answer: why? And if you do, they will most likely give you some sort of explanation about how things just happen, this is a sinful world, etc. etc. etc.
But the “things just happen” excuse never really sits well with those who believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful God. It raises a disturbing question. If God is all-knowing, then He knew this would happen; and if He is all-powerful, then He could have stopped this from happening; so if He loves me, why didn’t He?
At the time, being sold into slavery by his own brothers was painful, but it was Joseph’s ticket to Egypt. Moses was exiled and worked for his father-in-law in the wilderness, but it was where he saw the burning bush. A carpenter’s fiancée turned up pregnant and he knew it was not his, but he raised the Messiah. David was hunted for years after being anointed, and nearly killed, but he became Israel’s king. Christ was flogged and executed, but He saved us all.
The problem is we sometimes don’t get to see the “but” during our lifetimes. All we see is darkness. We find excuses, blame those around us, and like His disciples ask Christ who sinned that such a thing should happen. In many cases, perhaps, He gives us the same answer He gave them,
“…but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” ~ John 9:3 (KJV)
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Eden blogs over at Thorns and Myrtles, another one of my favorite reads. Her posts are always short, simple, and to the point, but they are loaded. I often tell her how much I love her writing style. She also started a blog titled Idylls for the King – a place where various bloggers can come together to share the poems, song lyrics, and short Christian fiction that they have written – Eden is featured there and so am I! Head over to both of her blogs and take a mental gander through the archives. I have no doubt that you will be helped and encouraged by what is published there.
Posted on March 18, 2011, in "Guest Post" March and tagged "Guest Post" March, Christ, Christian, Christianity, God's Will, Guest Post, Jesus, Joseph, King David, Moses, Religion, Spirituality, Tragedy, Valley. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.