It's been a while since I've posted,
but I want to continue this thought
on God's goodness.
Do you believe God is good simply
Psalmist tells us so
in Psalm 145:9?
Or has your knowledge
of His goodness
become more intimate?
There was an evangelist named Charles Templeton—
who was extremely popular and used mightly of God
way back in the 1950s.
After years of amazing ministry
and seeing God move in peoples' lives,
he simply walked away from his faith
and became an agnostic.
"I looked at the world," he said
"and it doesn't seem to me that it spoke
of a God who could be described as
father. It seems to be a universe
indifferent to man and to all
of God's creatures."
In other words . . .
If God is so good, why is there so much
suffering and evil and horror in the world?
Why are babies born deformed?
Why do people rape and kill?
Why are thousands starving to death each day?
Is God really good?
This is a question that haunts humanity.
Is God good?
What do we say to our friends when they're
honestly asking this question?
And what's the word for ourselves
when WE struggle with tragedy and difficulty?
Girls, whenever we have questions about the character of God,
we need to look to Jesus for the answers.
When we look at Jesus, we see that He freely
acknowledged the problem of pain
and the existence of evil.
"Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil," He taught us to pray
"In this world, you will have tribulation," He said (John 16:33).
"There will be trouble; you're going to have problems."
Charles Templeton (the former evangelist) asked,
"Why is God doing this?"
But his question was misdirected.
God is NOT the author of confusion. (1 Corinthians 14:33)
Man brings harm upon himself when he rebels against God,
when he ignores the ways and Word of God,
and when he violates the commands of God.
Why, then, doesn't God obliterate the devil,
destroy the demons,
I'll stop here.
I'm going to give two answers to this question
on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
But first, I want some feedback from you.
How does this hit you?
You are loved!