‘How can we claim a God that is supposed to be loving and caring exists, when innocent people are murdered and die of cancer every moment?’. People frequently ask this question and up until recently, I had always struggled to address this issue, as I myself could not grasp the concept. However, it was not until I stumbled upon a particular passage in the Bible that my perception of God and what I expect from Him completely changed.
With everything going on in the world right now this question is being asked more and more. The question of the existence of God is a topic that rarely ever ends with agreement from both sides of the argument, and what I have realised during my short time on this Earth is that we humans tend to resort to the belief of the inexistence of something as soon as we acknowledge that we will never be able to know everything about it. After all, it is far easier to claim something does not exist than to say we simply do not have the answers for everything. Nevertheless, having read this passage from the Bible, my eyes were opened:
“Good people pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
For those who follow godly paths
will rest in peace when they die.”
(Isaiah 57:1-2 – New Living Translation)
How awesome is it to think that even in our death, God still thinks of us and aims to protect us from evil. This just goes to show that so many things are beyond our understanding and we should never fail to realise that every moment God prevents so many courses of injustice. If you do not believe this, how is it then that one person may cross a street and be perfectly safe, yet another person can cross the same street minutes later and get hit by a car? A few years ago my mother missed her bus and, although at that moment she became very angered, it was not until she learned that that specific bus was involved in an armed robbery that she realised it had been an act of God.
But what if you still do not believe in God and His mysterious ways? Unfortunately, even Christians cannot predict the ways of our God. He operates under what we call ‘sovereignty’, in that He does whatever pleases Him. It is a concept that angers a lot of people: how is it fair that He can take the lives of people just because He wants to? Well, as Job 9:12 (New Living Translation) says, ‘If he snatches someone in death, who can stop him? Who dares to ask, ‘What are you doing?’’
This verse is ever so relevant, even if we did not agree with what God does. Who are we as humans to question Him? Are our cries and bursts of anger going to stop Him from being God and exercising His authority? No! He was, He is and He will forever be God.
But for those who have done nothing wrong, you may ask? What about innocent children? That’s all part of the beauty of the God I serve, everything He does is for a reason. In the beginning of time, He intended for us all to live in peace and joy, but the circumstances of life and our unfaithfulness to Him sometimes means that we make ourselves vulnerable to evil. Ever since I have established a relationship with God, I have never felt more secure in my future for I know he is protecting me.
I know this may all be a lot to stomach, and whether you believe or not, I would like to end with something very important. I think the truth of the matter is that God never intended to harm us, for as Jeremiah 29:11 (New Living Translation) recalls “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”