Recently, I spoke with a dear friend. Her life has been a series of tragic events. One after another, she is constantly facing life threatening trials. Even her childhood was stolen by evil men. Men who were supposed to protect her ended up being the very ones who hurt her. “Where was God?” she asked. “Where was He when I was unable to fight? How can there be a loving God that allows such unspeakable acts to continue?”
For many of us, these questions make us uncomfortable. Why does evil seem to prevail? Why can a heroin addict get pregnant over and over while numerous families feel the pain of infertility? Why do some find wellness while other remain sick for a lifetime? Why does it seem corruption trumps honesty, liars move up the corporate ladder, and acts of terrorism are glorified? Does God love some more than others?
These and many other questions are deeply concerning. Often times, they silence the very people who need to speak up. Not because we have the answers, but because we know the One who does. Who is going to speak up for Truth if we back down every time a hard question is posed? And how are we going to reach out to the broken hearted if we cannot talk about the hard topics. If you read the New Testament, Jesus did not come in a kingly manner. He did not live the life of Royalty. He did not spend all of His time with those who were regarded as holy. He certainly did not back away from the difficult questions but rather initiated them. He spent His time with the untouchables, the broken, the sick, the lame, and those who society rejected. He did not come to have coffee with the elite. They were already overflowing with self-righteousness. He came and lived amongst the broken, diseased, and lost. He gave a gift that no one on earth has ever been able to give…Eternal Life.
I encourage you to read John 14. Verse 30 says, “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me…” Jesus is speaking to His disciples warning them that Satan is the ruler of this world, but has no claim on Him or anyone who believes in Him. In the same chapter He explained a Helper would be sent to us. Verse 16-17 say, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (the Holy Spirit), to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him or knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” In verse 1-3 He says, “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live.”
Once we understand this world is temporal, and the ruler of this world is out to steal, kill and destroy, the veil can be lifted from our eyes to see the Truth. This doesn’t mean God is not Sovereign. Quite the opposite. It means He has allowed Satan to rule this world, but within boundaries. The enemy doesn’t have free reign of you and I. There is nothing we will walk through that God does not see and know the intimate details. He is not a God of who lacks compassion. He is not cold, nor does He condone such heinous acts going on within our world. He gave us the gift of free will and with that some have made evil choices. But, don’t for a moment believe that justice will not be served. Our timeline is not His timeline. We have to come to terms with the fact we may not see with our own eyes the consequences of injustices.
I want to encourage each and every one of you to stand up for Truth. We have to remember we are all human and sin. But, we must also remember His grace covers a multitude of sins. Once we repent, it’s what we do next that matters. Know Jesus has not forgotten you or your circumstance. He cares deeply for every soul! He desires to know you intimately. There is a difference between knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus. It’s relational. When someone develops a true relationship with Christ, that is the enemy’s worst nightmare because he knows, Truth has set you free. The lies he has whispered in your ears for years have been exposed. And he cannot control you with fear, doubt, depression, anxiety, or any other tactic he uses. It doesn’t mean your life will be perfect, but it does mean your life with be changed forever. I will conclude with this. My friend also asked me, “Doesn’t it all seem too perfect what you believe? It takes so much faith.”
Here was my response,
“It doesn’t seem perfect to me at all. Life is tragic. For me to receive eternal life, death had to happen. His blood was shed for my life. I can’t even imagine what that moment must have felt like for Jesus. He literally carried the weight of the world on His shoulders. He died an innocent man. But, with a purpose….the gift of eternal life for you and I. He was beaten, mocked, and treated as a criminal. It’s a tragic story just by looking at it until the moment…where He rose from the grave. It didn’t mean life would be perfect or sickness wouldn’t touch those who believe in Him. But over and over He said His kingdom is not of this world. God being God can do anything at anytime and He chose to allow each individual free will. He could have made us love Him, but He gave us a choice. You know how much more it means when someone chooses to love you because that is the desire of their heart compared to “having” to follow and love. To allow choice on our part….That’s love! I think most things about life are complicated, tarnished and dirty. Life is so messy. Jesus is the only that thing that brings life in this darkness. He gives hope to the hopeless…life to the weary…rest to our souls. I wish I knew all the answers. But I don’t. I only know when my heart was broken, He healed it. When I had lost hope, He gave my heart hope again. And He somehow brings joy and peace in the darkest crevices of my life. I don’t know how He does it. Yes, it does take faith. But it’s not blind faith because it’s a relationship. And I know Him and He knows every hair on my head. I don’t find anything on earth perfect, but I do believe He will fulfill His promises. And there will be a day where we are made whole and perfect beings. And I also believe we will understand so much of what we can’t comprehend now.”