Why, why, why…

In yesterday’s sermon at 9:30, I had reached the crescendo after talking about a Spiritual War taking place, which was basically this: God has chosen you, will you choose Him?  He chose you when Jesus died on the cross for your sins, and you choose Him when you believe that and accept that free, yet costly gift. (You can listen to the sermon here.)

whygodMost of us have heard that so many times that it doesn’t even spark the “why” questions anymore.  Why did God make people and then seem surprised when Adam and Eve chose to eat from the forbidden tree?  Especially when we believe that He knew what they were going to do, even though it was their choice.  Then again, if He already knew what they would do, He already knew what He would do in response.  AW Tozer wrote in the Knowledge of the Holy, “The question of why God created the universe still bothers thinking men…”  Why did He even create everything and everyone?

And then, if you can get past all that, why does He not do something about this crazy, evil world?  Or why does He allow such suffering?  CS Lewis, after his wife died, wrote in A Grief Observed about her death,

“Step by step we were led up the garden path. Time after time, when He seemed most gracious, He was preparing the next torture…”

“Not that I am …in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is coming to believe such dreadful things about Him. The conclusion I dread is not, “So there’s no God after all,” but “So this is what God is really like. Deceive yourself no longer.”

I often talk like it is so hard to be a Believer because it is too easy – just have faith and believe and you are saved.  The truth is, it is hard to be a Believer because of all the pain and horror in the world and in our own lives.  It’s almost easier to believe everything exists by chance and people are simply doing a poor job of managing it all than it is to have faith in a God you cannot see controlling of a world that seems to be living like hell.

And I sure hope you’ve hung in there to the end of today’s blog.  As depressing as all that could be, there is good news.  The good news is that when you shout your why questions to heaven and to God, that in itself is faith.  Non-believers never ask God why.

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