I had a friend recently post on Facebook questioning why God allowed little children and women to die in such a horrific way. She tagged a couple other ladies and myself in the post because she felt that we were the most faithful ones she knew. Although I felt flattered, I also felt much fear and uncertainty as to how to answer her. I am not new to the Christian faith but I’m definitely no scholar or even read the entire bible (yet). So I did what I knew best, I reached out to my close friends that help me on a regular basis in my faith journey. I had some thoughts on it, but I am not so confident in the way I should explain things. I was able to think on it, pray on it, and respond.
Then this week in bible study, (which you can read more about here) sparked some thought as well. We went through the daily lessons and then we come to the group discussion pages. We do these together, although since I lead, I like to do them ahead of time. This aids me in keeping the conversation going and not have any surprises in front of me. I write my answers down, when it came time to review that together, I didn’t really share too much from my personal answer. I wasn’t ready. I will generalize it now to make my point.
The question was this: Have you ever struggled with receiving comfort if you believed God caused your discomfort? What was the result?
There is only one time, for a short period, that I felt I was upset with God regarding a matter. I was in therapy dealing with something that occurred to me in my childhood and I couldn’t understand why God didn’t intervene, when it was happening. This terriable act was occurring in childhood and why wouldn’t he stop it if he loved me so much? Through Christian counseling I came to find the answer, and I think it would be an adequate answer for my friend’s question as well. The lesson this week also touched on it.
If God had chosen to intervene and stop the painful things that were happening, He would have been taking away our free will. Not just my opponents but my free will and your free will and others free will.
It’s not easy to wrap my head around, its not neat and pretty. But it’s reality. God gave us free will. It’s a blessing to us but it’s not always easy when you are the recipient of hurtful or damaging or painful things. Lucky for me I was able to work through it, heard God’s word, and have others that could help me learn and accept.
If you are in a situation or have been in a situation that you are struggling with, know you are not alone. Know that although it’s painful, God will not leave you. He will help heal the wounds that have been embedded into your body, mind, and soul. He is the one true comforter.
Today I am closing with the following bible verse. I hope you find it encouraging.
” I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.” John 14:18 KJV
Grace is a gift,