by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday April 25, 2005
Because God’s thoughts are so much higher than ours, we don’t always comprehend His goodness, which can be hard to see in painful situations. We ask, If God is good, why do bad things happen to us? Or, why is there a hell? We often fail to recognize that His perspective is superior to ours. When we accuse Him of being unjust and demand that He bend to our rules, we forget to acknowledge His goodness. (Job 42:1-5)
Suffering and heartache began with Adam and Eve doubting the Lord’s goodness. The serpent convinced them that God was trying to cheat them out of knowledge. How often do we have the same bitter feeling when the Lord warns us about an activity or decision? Yet, behind every one of God’s restrictions, commands, or exhortations is His goodness. He wants to protect us from the tormenting consequences of sin that hinder our intimacy with Him.
God doesn’t cause things that are sinful and vile; His perfect will didn’t decree that we rebel against Him. But He created us with free will so that we might choose to love Him—that means His permissive will may allow bad things to happen. Sin’s consequences often hurt others. This doesn’t diminish God’s goodness—in His amazing wisdom and love, He can bring good out of the worst circumstances for those who submit everything to His will. (Romans 8:28) He is still sovereign!
When you can't trace His hand or figure out what He's doing, simply trust His heart. One day, many of your questions will evaporate when you finally see from God’s perspective.
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