Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When Bad Things Happen

Human beings like to point fingers. Especially when something horrible happens. After an earthquake, mass shooting, car accident, stock market crash, or anything else difficult; people tend to place blame. “It’s God’s fault.” “It’s because we need better gun control.” “The doctor made a mistake.” So many excuses, rationalizations, arguments. The truth is, none of those are true. The fault lies in us. Yes. Each and every one of us. It’s because we are sinful, horrible human beings. To the core. Everybody sins (Romans 3:23). Sin is the root of all evil. Evil is the father of tragedies.

Well, isn’t God in control? Shouldn’t He stop bad things from happening? God can do anything, absolutely. He knows all, He is all powerful. All day, every day. He also wanted humans to be individuals, not robots, and gave us freedom, the freedom to choose. We chose the path of sin.

We want it all—to live in a world of perfect peace and harmony, but still live in lust and lies. It just doesn’t work like that. The more sin that is in the world, the firmer Satan’s grip on it. The thing is, we hate the idea of God taking away our freedom of choice (John 3:19). So what is it that we want? Pleasure or peace? Tough one.

I mean, there is a way to get both, but not in this lifetime. Trusting Jesus as the Lord of your life, accepting his grace and mercy is the only way to get it all. You’ll still be a sinner. Every day. But Jesus’ sacrifice will wipe your slate clear and allow you to experience the perfect peace that is in Heaven. Bad things will still happen (on Earth) but you will have a guide showing you the path to glory (Isaiah 30:20-21 & 2 Corinthians 4:17).

God is so holy and pure, he cannot be in the presence of the kind of inherent evil we, as human beings, possess. And to God, sin is sin—whether it's murder or a "white" lie. That’s why he sent his perfect Son to die a painful, tortured death as a sacrifice for every single thing you and I have ever done wrong. We might not understand God’s wisdom, but He is truly good (Job 35:26). We might not be able to stop sinning, but he sacrificed it all to save us from what we deserve (Romans 5:8).