Why Doesn't God Just...
We all understand that God has a will and we have heard it said things like, I just don’t know what God’s will is for my life, or I’m seeking God’s will, or I’m following Gods will. This is an example of expressing what we believe God desires of us. What about what God allows in our lives or the divine acts that He performs? What about our physical appearance, the family that we were born in, the country we were born in? Aren’t these all acts of God’s divine will? What about cancer, death, financial crisis’ difficulties, and tragedies of various kinds. Are the order of things set in a perpetual motion with no option but to accept what happens as inevitable?
Its not fair God, why did I have to lose a son? Why God did my sister have to get cancer? Why can’t I be blessed financially as I see you bless others? There have been many, many times in my past that I have shaken my puny little fist at God asking why and even demanding He change an outcome. But is this His sovereign will over these events or could I have done something about it? Can you do anything about the circumstances that you wish God would change? I have very dear friends who are getting up in years and they are suffering terribly, why God? There’s got to be a magic prayer that a pastor can say that can gain a desired outcome. Sadly no, there are no magical prayers that guarantee a desired outcome. There are many questions and fewer answers. Let’s explore a few possible answers.
Sometimes it is the consequences of the choices that have been made. For instance, if I smoked cigarettes 30 years before deciding to quit, my quitting does not necessarily undo the damage already done, cancer is an obvious consequence of my choice to smoke. Sometimes not. Sometimes God intervenes unnoticed. I had rubbed snuff for years and had receding gums and lesions in my lower lip. The day Jesus saved me, He removed my addiction to tobacco and healed the damage done. My sister, He allowed to suffer with cancer then quickly called her home. Why? Why wasn’t it the other way around? Sometimes suffering is sent to the aging saint at the end to make heaven that much sweeter. There are many questions about God’s active sovereign will that we currently do not understand. One reason is, we are not God, if we were why would we need Him? Dependence on someone infinitely smarter than we are.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Sometimes our problems are the consequences of being born human. In the beginning God created a perfect world with no sin, sickness, death, need for finances, relational difficulties, or anything bad or evil. So, when you shake your fist at God, your anger, your questions are misdirected. Oh, we don’t have far to go to find the culprit, it’s in your DNA. Do you think for a minute that if you were Adam, you would have made the right decision and obey? If you do, you’re lying to yourself because sin resides IN you. Therefore, God chastens whom He loves because of disobedient acts. Focused acts of God’s sovereignty for personal sin.
as it is written: “There is no righteous person, not even one; there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks out God; they have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, there is not even one.”
There are also random acts of God’s sovereignty because of things that He has set in motion. When I planted a garden this spring, I didn’t know that we would be in the middle of a drought. Did God sovereignly choose my fields to be affected by this drought? No. There are people who are believers and who are non-believers living in the same area. Same as in the regions receiving plenty of rain, there are many evil people there just as there are believers and non-believers.
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
When calamities happen, it can be just a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. There are many true stories of cancer being contracted at the workplace. Does this mean that God is singling you out? No, it’s the sun or the rain on the just and the unjust.
I look at my personal journey and find that in each difficulty, God has turned it and used it for His glory. He has placed people in my path with similar difficulties so that I might use the testimony of how He brought me through to encourage others that they too will one day be delivered, even if that one day is in heaven.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Can we change the outcome of some of these difficulties?
In Luke 18 Jesus gives us a parable of a widow and a judge, the widow is seeking vengeance from an adversary. Because the judge knows that the widow will continually petition an act from him on her behalf, he grants it. God says He’ll answer far quicker than the judge in the parable. James 5 makes it clear that prayer can cause God to move.
Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Does He always heal? Does He always move when we ask? No. Does He always answer? Yes. Sometimes the answer is no, sometimes it’s wait. Sometimes God perfectly heals by calling the saint home. One thing we can be sure of, God will one day receive glory and honor and thanks as He sits on the throne, who living forever and ever. (Revelation 4:9)