Why God? This seems to be a question that I have been hearing quite a bit lately. It is something that we question through tragedies like the Boston bombing, the plant explosion in Texas, or as we go through the loss of loved one who has been so close to us through the years.
The short answer is sin, sin is the reason why bad things happen in this world. Humanity used to live in a world where there was no sin, where we walked with God, talked with God, and were able to have a face to face relationship with Him. Sin came into this world through Adam and Eve when they hardened their hearts thinking they could be like God.
It is always obvious when you are talking to someone about a tragedy in their life whether or not they are sure if the person had salvation in Christ or not. Those who are sure of the faith of the person or people involved in the tragedy that they are mourning for are certainly sad, but in the same sadness comes a special joy. A joy knowing that the person who has left this world is not in just some place better than here, but they are in heaven! They are seated at God’s right hand worshiping Him forever and ever Amen.
So when we as Christians start to ask the question why God, I think that we have an obligation to ask another question; what else can I be doing?
In Luke 13 Christ Himself was posed with the question of why God by some of the people around Him. Apparently there had been a tower that fell on 18 innocent people and some of the people around Jesus seemed to have trouble accepting it. Jesus response was, “Those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them– do you think they were more guilty than all the other living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent you too will all perish.” (Luke 13:4-5) Jesus does not even waste time on discussing why this tragedy happened, but skips to the most important part, their salvation.
I think one of the biggest reasons we struggle accepting these large tragedies, or deaths of loved ones in our lives is because sometimes we don't know if we are going to meet that person in heaven one day or not. This should not lead us to a life of despair , but rather inspire us to spread God’s love and His promise that we now have salvation through His Son’s death on the cross and nothing else.
We can have an impact around those whom we love and see daily as well as those who we have never even spoken to and simply pass by on the street. God’s Word is universal, often times our simple actions through the day can do much more work than our mouth can. God gave us two hands, two feet, and only one mouth for a reason, to serve. His Word speaks to us today and says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
Through Him Alone,