It’s an age old question, why does God allow bad things to happen?
What sometimes seems like a gift, can also be a curse. We’re volitional, we have the ability to make choices and those choices always have consequences. Obviously we live in a fallen world – cut off from Eden. The consequences of Adam and Eve’s choices will be with us until we’re home, with the Father God. Even when we walk under the covering of Christ, we’ll still have free choice and that means we can choose to walk OUT from under His covering as well.
There have been so many times in my life where I have begged God to keep someone in my life that was not in line with God’s will for me. Thank God, literally, for certain (in my limited human eyes) unanswered prayers! What seemed unanswered to me, was God lining my heart with His own. Beth Moore says:
God not only sees the desires of our hearts but He looks straight to the heart of our desires. He knows when we’re asking – even accidentally – for a false Christ.
I am so grateful for His provision and providence – that He never left me where I was but always meets me where I am and lovingly stretches me to grow in Him. I think back to all of the celebrations I’ve had with Jesus and I ponder something…
Would I be able to celebrate victory if I’d not known the battle?
If you read Judges 2:20-23 and 3:1-6 (the whole read is good but for my point…) it talks about how God used the nations to test Israel’s loyalty. Because Israel failed to keep the covenant God made with their forefathers, God would use this time to teach them to become warriors.
In Esther 4 Haman talks the king into decreeing the TOTAL annihilation of the Jews. Once a Persian law is sent out, it can NOT be revoked. So when Esther reveals the betrayal of Haman and his evil plans for her people, King Xerxes can not revoke that decree. In chapter 8 she asks him to but he will not. He does however, give her free reign to draw up a new decree. She and Mordecai make a new decree that all Jewish people have the right to defend themselves, to destroy and kill anyone who threatens them, their women or children. The decree was sent out with HASTE even though there were months before this would take place….why such urgency?
Because they were common people, soft, not warriors! They needed all of the time they could get to become capable warriors…to prepare for the fight of their lives, literally!
You and I are not unlike this, we’re soft. Not necessarily fighting the fight every day…yet we ARE fighting the fight everyday. There is such a battle going on for you and I. We can’t, for a moment, stop training.
We can not, for one moment forget as warriors just who we fight with. We are fighting along side the King of Kings! His heart walks with ours. When we fight in a godly way, with the foundation of Christ beneath us, beside us, within us – we can not lose! Friends, fight for your marriage, fight for your kids, fight for your faith.
Yes, we live in a fallen world, bad things ARE going to happen. Fight the good fight
It’s not enough to be content in our walks. Sometimes we need a little godly discontentment…a little disruption in our lives to remind us that we’re in a battle.
We’re supposed to be encouraged by one another’s faith (Romans 1:12). We are one body belonging to each other (Romans 12:4-5).
In John 20:21 Christ said, “As the Father sent me, I also send you.”
If we are not armed with the Word, we’ll always react out of self preservation. When we’re deep in the Word, the first reaction is to use the sword in battle.
So get out there and be the hands and feet of Christ! Fight like a warrior!