We all have experienced varying degrees of “bad Things.” There is no scale to measure who has had it the worst. There will always be a person or group that thinks they have it the worst. But most of us know that when it really stinks there is someone else who has it worse than we do. We have many stories and we may have plenty of people share their stories.
When I hear of bad things happening, I do not seek to pin blame somewhere. If a mother and her child have an accident, I do not attempt to pin blame. Not on the child, the mother or God. When you hear a comment that says “She deserved that, or it was God’s will or because of God’s plan that happened,” you are hearing someone place blame. Many times we place blame to ease our own discomfort.
When we place blame at God’s feet, we are doing God an injustice. We are a part of a fallen world. Bad decisions from long ago transformed the perfect garden into a world filled with sin. Sin is evil and both run rampant in our world. There are many reactions that we can have to bad things in are world. It is a natural question to say why did God allow this? It is natural to say I have a big God and this could have been stopped, why wasn’t it? As a pastor I share in people’s lives.
I have buried children, parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. I have spoken with people who have been broken by these situation. People deal with things based on how they see and feel things. Have you ever experienced something and wondered why God? Have you ever noticed God’s “angels” working through these situations. When you are broken, where do you turn to for hope? When you need hope the most, what does it look like and how do you find it?