How many times have we heard people say :
“If God is love how come there are wars, destruction and pain? ”
“God cannot send me to hell just because I don’t believe in Him”
“What do you mean blessings are just for believers? “
“God can’t do that!”
From the perspective of non-believers, God should be compassionate and fair to them as well. And He is!
God allows the rain to fall even on the wicked and those that oppose Him because he cares and loves all people, He allows good to happen even to those that are evil. Yet even us, believers have a gripe on the issue. Jeremiah complained about making the wicked prosper and the faithless to live at ease.
So, both the righteous and the wayward complain, but both the righteous and the wayward experience God, anyway. So what is the deal?
There is a big difference in the way God deals with everything and we question Him all the time because His ways are different from ours. Not only they are different, they are higher too. And that’s where it gets “confusing”, but not really.
God is God regardless of what we think of Him. He is the author of life and He created all of us. If we are even at least equal to Him, then maybe we can tell Him off and say, “YOU CAN’T DO THAT!”
We can,actually.But that won’t change anything.
If you will, in Jeremiah 12:14-17, God reveals His love and justice by answering Jeremiah’s complaints:
14 This is what the Lord says: “As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot the people of Judah from among them. 15 But after I uproot them, I will again have compassion and will bring each of them back to their own inheritance and their own country. 16 And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, ‘As surely as the Lord lives’—even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal—then they will be established among my people. 17 But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,” declares the Lord.
I always say that God doesn’t leave us at a dead-end. He always provides a way out. When a disaster or a misfortune happens, it is never a punishment from God. It is a reminder, a stern one for us to acknowledge and go back to Him. It’s His way of getting our attention so we listen and have a change of heart. He is a loving God but He is also a just God. His reminders always come with a warning but with a promise too. He always count on our will to choose between the options He presents us. Think of it as a spiritual flowchart. A decision-making process that requires our freewill to weigh and decide. He won’t impose but He can’t and won’t be stored in a box either.
God thinks outside the box, and I am glad that He does. Aren’t you, too?