Why would God allow me to experience this? I am often met with that question. How a God who is suppose to be good, who is all knowing, and all powerful can permit all the evil that is allowed in the world. It is so easy to want to put it on Him. For a long time, I put a lot on Him that really had little to do with Him. I wrestled with some demons that tried to destroy me as I traveled down that thought path.
God in all His sovereignty chose to allow us free will. To do anything other, would make us robots. Because we have free will, people are allowed to make bad choices which often impact good people. God can use all things for His glory, but not all things are done for His glory. We experience bad things because evil lives in this world along side of God. God wants us to choose Him, not be forced to love and serve Him.
God in all His goodness, is reflected in the lives of those who make good decisions. His enemy, our enemy the devil is reflected in every bad action. We would not know good how the good things we experience if there was not a contrast to the unpleasant or bad experiences. Sometimes good people make decisions that align with God’s will. Somethings good people make decisions that are against God’s will. Just as some people who are truly evil do at times make decisions to do something good. Light shines brightest in the darkness.
God in all His wisdom knows what will happen. He is not surprised by what we experience. He is right there alongside of us in the experience. He sees it before it happens. He sees it happen. He knows the affects it will have on the lives of all involved or influenced by the experience. He does not exist in time, as we do. He lives in the eternal.
God in all His power uses restraint. He must for His word says in Romans 3:23 All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. This next scripture is where it gets real when I think about the power that I would like God to use against those have hurt me. It tore up my world when I wanted that power to be used against those who do the most vile, unspeakable things. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. James 2:10
In His power, we would all be worthy of the wrath of His power. The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23 It is because of His goodness that He does not give us what we deserve. Instead we need to look for how we can get glory to God in our experiences, not only the good but also those experiences that have broken us.
God is good. God is all knowing. God is all powerful. God gave us freewill, and unfortunately that means that bad things will happen because we live in a sin filled world. God does not cause bad things. He is there with us in them and through them. He can use our experiences for His glory if we will turn to Him in our pain instead of away from Him.
This blog post is inspired by Anita Ojeda and the #Write28Days Challenge. The challenge is to write 28 days in February. For more posts on this topic go to Broken Vessel.