There may have been times when you ask yourself and even want to know from others that are Christians with you on why things happen the way they do presently or in the past. There are occurrences that may cause us to doubt if God loves us just like the Bible declares or even question His existence. Often things that make us ask such questions are those that make us sad and cause pain to us. Some of these things are so complex and far beyond our control such as instances of natural disasters and incurable sicknesses/diseases. All these could caused people to question why God allowed for it to happen the way it did.
In this post, I will clarify why God lets things happen the way they do outside of our expectations. This will be from the angle where people assume and expect God to action in a certain way but He doesn’t, instead His action result in undesirable outcomes.
Who is God?
It may take forever to understand who God is but the Bible has given us some insights. The title of ‘God’ is only deserving to Him who has all the authority in the universe. The spiritual world and every other principality exist according to God’s dictates. I’d have to write a complete article to define who God is based on some of the verses in scripture.
God doing things His way
One time David realized the might in God and declared, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” (Psalm 8:4). Another woman by the name of Naomi understood this clearly when she declared “…for the Almighty has made life bitter for me. …the Lord has caused me to suffer and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me” (Ruth 1: 20 – 21).
We also learn about Job who once indirectly declared that we receive both good and bad things from God (Job 2:10). The story of Job also reveal that all things that happen to the living are first permitted in the spiritual realm. The discussion between God and Satan in the book of Job 1:8 – 12 is clear on this matter.
I also want to quote an instance where a nation believed God would act in a certain way but He didn’t. According to 1 Samuel 4, the Israelites believed that taking the Ark of the Covenant to battle against the Philistines would give them victory. In verse 5, we learn of the jubilant Israelites when they saw the Ark of the Covenant. They were convinced that it would force God to protect them against the enemy. To the surprise of the Israelites, the Philistines did not only defeat them but they also captured the Ark of the Covenant.
It was after the Ark of the Covenant had been captured that God started dealing with the Philistines in His own way. In 1 Samuel 5, the first thing God did was to make a physical sign of His might by making their false god bow face down before the of the Ark of the Covenant (verse 4 – 5). The next day it broke both hands and legs (verse 6). Later on, God struck them with sickness and death until they realized their mistake of capturing the Ark of the Covenant. Finally, they returned the Ark of the Covenant back to where it belonged.
Don’t be deceived
I am led to declare that when you find yourself in trouble, don’t ever think that you are unlucky or under a curse. Chances are that God has decided to act in your situation in a different way and at His time. Don’t let no one deceive you to believe that it is a way of God telling you something different from His unfailing love for you. From the biblical instances discussed in the previous section, we learn that God can allow this just to showcase His trust in you before Satan. I hope we do not disappoint God on this.
I have written an article that could further explain why troubles will come our way. It is titled, ‘Christian, you will enter into trouble sometimes’.