QUESTIONING GOD? Sometimes it must be hard for people who live in squalor and poverty to feel that God loves them. And it might be really hard for someone who is unsaved to understand why the only person they loved and who loved them just died. Where is the loving God in these situations? I have often walked where the poorest of people lived in shacks with no electricity, no running water, no indoor toilets, holes in the roofs of their homes, and no food for their table. But these same people had smiles on their faces, joy in their heart, songs in their soul, and praise for God on their lips. Why would this be? The answer is they knew the love of God for them in spite of outward circumstances.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins,” (1 John 4:9-10 NIV). Circumstances in life can be pretty rough sometimes. People cannot control the families they are born into, the location of their birth, or the circumstances surrounding their birth. So life can be pretty bad sometimes. But one fact remains, the same God who loves us and them demonstrated that love to us as “He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” And God includes everyone in His love: the poor and the rich, the educated and the uneducated, those grieving and those rejoicing.
The conditions in today’s world are the result of man’s sin and his refusal to follow the path the God of heaven has laid out for Him. When God created man He placed him in a perfect environment with perfect resources and man has managed to corrupt both. And we today are born into these corrupted circumstances. For some of us those circumstances are better than for others. Why did God allow you and me to be born into certain circumstances and others into different circumstances? And why does God allow some to live in seemingly care free circumstances while others struggle and spirituality seems to have nothing to do with it? I don’t have the answer to that nor do I have the right to challenge God on that question? “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, “What are you making?” Does your work say, “The potter has no hands?” (Isaiah 45:9 NIV). But one truth remains in spite of our circumstances, “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins,” (1 John 4:9-10 NIV).
Planet earth is not our home we are just passing through here on our way to our final destination. This journey is tougher for some than for others but all have the opportunity to choose their final destination. Heaven or hell is a choice all have to make in spite of current circumstances. Jesus as our Savior from sin, self and the world is an individual choice in spite of current circumstances. All who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved in spite of earth’s circumstances. And Jesus promises not only to save us for eternity but also He will enable us to live successfully under our current circumstances. It seems most of the rich in American society have not learned to live successfully in a biblical manner while many of the most poverty stricken people in the world walk with God daily with praise for God on their lips and joy in their hearts. And should not we Christians in America who have been born into what we consider good circumstances make every attempt to help our brothers and sisters in Christ in their poverty stricken state to enjoy some of the basics in life? And should we not help them in their attempts to share the gospel with those around them? After all we are stewards of what God has entrusted to us.