This is a question that, at one time or another, if we are honest, have all asked in our walk with Christ (or maybe even before walking with him) Whether a senseless death, chronic illness, our children making a horrible decision or a spouse that is abusive or has an affair, the question is the same: why does God allow this to happen?
You don’t have to look around very long to come to the conclusion that God undeniably permits many things that He has the power to prevent. “and this we shall do, if God permits” Hebrews 6:3. It is easy to praise God for all He prevents such as a car accident, that could have killed us. However, there is something that takes much more faith: Can we thank Him for what He has permitted? You have probably heard this statement, “How could a loving God allow such a tragedy happen?” My best friend lives with a debilitating illness that eats away at her mobility and physical capabilities more and more each day. I’ve never known a more loving and Christ fearing being, Why?
If God were to pull you aside and ask you the following question, how would you answer? “I AM is going to permit a failure in your life, your child’s life, or in the life of your mate. Will you praise Me still? I will use the failure, not fight it; will you praise me still?” I am not saying God causes failure but He permits it. Can we praise Him for what He permits? Can we see Him at work in it, or do we see only ourselves?
What if God said, “I will allow your child to fall. I will use it. May I have his purity, the perfect life you wanted for him, and the life free of struggle you desired? I will permit and use the loss of those things to bring your child to Me.” Can we let Him allow? Ouch… I know my greatest joy as a parent is for all of my children to love and accept Christ as their personal savior, but am I really okay with everything God might allow in their lives to bring them to him, or grow and mature them in His name?
We need peace in life’s unexpected turn of events. Where do we get the peace? The same place Jesus found it in Gethsemane. What grief! The grief that God had for making us. What sorrow? The sorrow that God had after making us! Jesus carried it all and in Him, God had peace. Where will I find peace for the death of a suffering sister in Christ? In Jesus! He is our peace. Through His grace, I can achieve peace and joy for His will to be done.
This is so important that early on in our child’s life that he or she understands this crucial principle and it is never too late to teach them. Leave a Legacy that points all to Jesus.
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By Joe Sturniolo
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