Can You Answer This Question?

Does God actually control the circumstances of our lives, or do “bad” things just happen to us because we live in a sin-cursed world?

Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts –  Jerry Bridges

That is a tough question.

Can you answer it?

Better yet can you explain the answer to another?

I always tell my children that until you learn something well enough to teach it to another you really haven’t learned.

So do you have a good enough understanding of the answer to this question to share it with another?



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16 thoughts on “Can You Answer This Question?

  1. Throughout our trials these last three years, I have learned the importance and value of understanding the omnipotence and sovereignty of God. He is in control of EVERYTHING. Proverbs says that even the outcome of the lot cast into the lap, He decides. I liken it to a very large painting. This painting is two miles high and one mile wide. The picture is being painted by the sovereign hand of God. Here we stand at the base of this enormous picture and look up, what would we hope to see? Our perspective and scope is so small that we would look at this massive painting and go “Yuck.” It wouldn’t make sense, it certainly wouldn’t give us any hope for our future if we were to know that this painting was God’s will for our lives. It is only when we are carried by God and see things from His point of view is when we can focus in on the “Big Picture”. All that black and ugliness we were seeing (trials and tribulations) were nothing more than a shadow underneath a blade of grass. We need to pray and ask God to expand our scope and perspective, letting us see what He sees. Only then, will we understand that the troubles we endure in this life are actually a very small portion of the big picture God is planning for us. As I have said to my wife, we can look at our “nightmare” in one of two ways: a crisis or opportunity. The only reason we are looking at the pain and suffering we endure as a crisis, is because we are looking at ourselves and not others. Jesus eyes and only His eyes will keep our perspective in check, glorifying God every step of the way.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    Your analogy is very similar to the one Corrie Ten Boom gave. Hers was that life was a tapestry. We are looking at the underside of the tapestry and we see the knots, the loose ends and the crossed over colors. God is looking from the top and sees the real picture.

    The saddest thing is the number of pastors who cannot give a good answer to the question for those hurting based purely on Scripture. Often they must make up their own ideas and defend the reputation of God.

    Berean Wife

    Paul Reply:

    How many times have I heard from so called Christians that we must have sinned to have this nightmare fall upon us. We don’t have enough faith, we aren’t DOING something. This isn’t humanism, and God will not be a means to our end. This is the life of the elect, plain and simple. If a Christian isn’t willing to be crushed to death in order to become like Christ, then he needs to stop playing games and go back to the world.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    Many false churches teach that problems are from a lack of faith or from some “hidden” sin. They seem to have never read the book of Job. Granted some problems can be from sin, but to say all problems and struggles are from sin is to twist the Scripture. However, none of us have the problems that our real sin deserves, thankfully the Lord is merciful in that regard.

    Berean Wife

  2. “The church may go through her dark ages, but Christ is with her in the midnight; she may pass through her fiery furnace, but Christ is in the midst of the flame with her.”

    Always remember, as you go through struggles, trials, tribulations and pain, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour goes through them with you. Submit your neck to His knife, and let Him do as He pleases. We can learn so much from Abraham and his willingness to count the cost and give in to God’s purposes no matter what price had to be paid.

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    It is hard for the average American Christian to grasp that the Lord may not plan for us to have ease, money and prestige. Even those not in the “name it, claim it” churches have been taught a subtle idea that once you trust in the Lord everything will smooth out and go well for you. That is the theme in many “gospel” songs, a false gospel. 🙁

    Berean Wife

    Paul Reply:

    I have heard two ridiculous things about a lack of faith. Job acted in fear and that’s why he lost all. AND John the baptist lost his head because he doubted Jesus was the Christ. Can you imagine?

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    I’m afraid I can imagine. 🙁 I’ve heard some really strange things put forth as Biblical sermons.

    Berean Wife

  3. I have a video on my blog from Creflo Dollar who tells his congregation that if a brother in Christ and a sister in Christ have sexual relations, they are in fact having sex with Christ Himself. I couldn’t believe my ears. Chapter and verse please?! And that’s the problem, they can’t back up this stuff unless they twist, pull, rip and mutilate the Scriptures in order to make them say what THEY want them to say. He also was on a news show once and the announcer asked him what happened to the rich young ruler when Jesus told him to sell all he had, give it to the poor and take up your cross and follow Me. He said, that the rich young ruler did as Jesus commanded and received a 100 fold return on his gift of faith! This is a pastor of a church in charge of feeding how many thousands of flock?!

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    I couldn’t stomach listening to someone like him. 🙁 Some have just literally made me sick to hear their twisting.

    Berean Wife

  4. It is hard for the average American Christian to grasp that the Lord may not plan for us to have ease, money and prestige.

    I was just sharing with a friend the other day that Jesus taught His disciples to pray, Give us THIS day our daily bread, not:

    “Give us enough to pay all our biils and buy grocery for two weeks with enough left over to sock something away, go out to eat once or twice and take the kids to the movies.”

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Terry,

    While I know in my heart that we are just to desire our daily bread, I must admit that at times I’m not content with just today’s portion. 🙁 I do tend to want to have plenty of food in the pantry with enough money to pay for the unexpected. One day I may have faith like a George Muller, but it isn’t easy. But at least I can be confident that the Lord is in full control of everything; the good and the bad.

    Berean Wife

  5. Yes it is hard to trust God, day to day. We are not commanded to store up for tomorrow, even though that is our nature and that is what we have been told all our lives. Our inheritance for our children is spiritual, not financial. Read the testimony of John Wesley. He went to the grave broke, not out of laziness, but because he knew his money was useless to him after he died, so whenever he made money he invested it into the kingdom of God by building schools, orphanages, financing missions…etc. God knows what we need day to day, and He will take care of us if we have the audacity to trust Him. I look at it this way. God holds the bag, He is in control of every cent. He will determine when to give and when not to. And He has done just that. A need arises, He give usually out of the blue just enough to cover that need. This has been an ever faithful reality for us as we go through our trials and tribulations these last three years. As Jesus said, “Just believe…”

    Berean Wife Reply:

    Paul,

    See the post for today about Obedience or Trust?

    Berean Wife

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