Hope in Understanding God

 

In our foolishness, at times, we blame our difficult circumstances on God.

He could, of course, rescue us from them at any given moment; but He does not.

He could protect us from every pain and injustice from the moment of our conception and see that no harm ever comes to us; but He chooses not to.

So, to our finite mind, all our problems are His fault.

However, if we spend any time reading the Bible, we quickly see that is not the case.  Often we bring our difficulties on ourselves. 

This quote from my pastor really made me think:

 

"Our decisions form our circumstances." ~ S. Carter

 

I know there are times when calamities come on us, and there was nothing we could have done to prevent them; but even then, we cannot blame God.  He allows sin to do its work here on the earth and so, yes the rain falls on the just and the unjust.  We all suffer.

However, I find the 107th chapter of Psalms to be so comforting.  The Psalmist lists circumstance after circumstance with the children of Israel; and then shows how God in His mercy provided for their every needs.  The last verse is especially precious to me:

 

Psalm 107:43 "Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD."

 

Time after time the Lord provides for us, when we don't deserve it.  He repeatedly blesses us with things that are not even needs, but simply our desires and wishes.

When we are wise and observe the ways of the Lord, we understand that He is a God of lovingkindness.

And, really, what more do we need to know about our God?

We can trust Him.  He has our best interest in mind; and He will act with lovingkindness on our behalf in every circumstance. 

 

Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

 

Knowing this, how can we possibly doubt His love for us???

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