Tragedy and the Sovereignty of God

We all have asked at some time, “where is God in this tragedy?”

I’d like to share excerpts from three excellent articles with you and hope you’ll take the time to follow the links to read the articles in their entirety:

Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?

“God has created humanity with the ability to choose. This means that we are not forced into a relationship with Him. He allows us to reject Him and to commit other evil acts as well. He could force us to be loving. He could force us to be good. But then what kind of relationship would we have with Him? It would not be a relationship at all, but a forced, absolutely controlled obedience. Instead He gave us the human dignity of free will…

“Yet, God is not at the mercy of people, but the other way around. We are at His mercy, fortunately. This is God who created the universe with its uncountable stars, simply by speaking the words, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky.’ This is God who says He ‘reigns over the nations.’ He is unlimited in power and wisdom. Though problems seem insurmountable to us, we have an incredibly capable God who reminds us, ‘Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too hard for Me?’ Somehow He is able to maintain the freedom of sinful humans, yet still bring about His will.” Read more…

How Can a Good God Allow Evil and Suffering?

“It is impossible for God to have created man with free will and evil not be a consequence. Also, the choices of others (including previous generations) can produce suffering. The consequences of bad choices sometimes affect not only the person who makes the wrong choice but also their family, friends, and sometimes even society.

“…The skeptic can use evil and suffering as a stone against Christianity, but he has no consolation in his own worldview. Christianity is the only religion or worldview that has an answer to evil and suffering. Eastern religions ignore evil; Darwinism and Communism rely on it; atheism is clueless about it; and Islam has a superficial view of it. Only Christianity provides an answer—that we are living in an abnormal world which God will restore.” Read more…

Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings

(This insightful interview with Tony Snow, former White House Press Secretary, presents fresh perspectives on faith through suffering. Tony suffered from colon cancer and went to be with the Lord in July of 2008.)

“We want lives of simple, predictable ease—smooth, even trails as far as the eye can see—but God likes to go off-road. He provokes us with twists and turns. He places us in predicaments that seem to defy our endurance and comprehension—and yet don’t. By his love and grace, we persevere. The challenges that make our hearts leap and stomachs churn invariably strengthen our faith and grant measures of wisdom and joy we would not experience otherwise. . .

“Picture yourself in a hospital bed. The fog of anesthesia has begun to wear away. A doctor stands at your feet; a loved one holds your hand at the side. ‘It’s cancer,’ the healer announces.

“The natural reaction is to turn to God and ask him to serve as a cosmic Santa. ‘Dear God, make it all go away. Make everything simpler.’ But another voice whispers: ‘You have been called.’ Your quandary has drawn you closer to God, closer to those you love, closer to the issues that matter—and has dragged into insignificance the banal concerns that occupy our ‘normal time.'” Read more…

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