Hi, The Kid here checking in for 2017!Before I get started, I would just love to wish you all the happiest and my prosperous year yet! My prayer is that this year you receive a greater revelation of our amazing Fathers love, and that this year will see an increase of blessings for all of those who love the Lord.
One of the most common things I hear from non-believers about Our Lord and Friend, Father, Confidant and lover of our souls, is that “If God is as good as you say he is, why then is there so much hurting and pain, death and disease in this world?”
Usually a question like that would leave me dumbfounded. It’s a good question, and I found I just never did have an appropriate answer, or anything other than a vague “The devil did it.” Which, invariably leads to other questions like… “Well if he’s all powerful, why doesn’t he stop the devil?” Another great question!
I prayed about this for a while. That God would give me a revelation and show me a great way to answer those questions, and leads his beloved lost children in to relationship with Him. Well Matthew 7:8 Proved true… again, “For everyone who asks, receives…” God gave me a really great picture. One which I hope will not only bring you into greater freedom, but will help you when you witness to friends, family or even strangers.
I would love to share what He gave me with you now.
Lets just imagine for a minute that I was a builder. A highly capable well respected builder. I took no shortcuts when I built and everything was as it should be with every creation I have ever made. Now lets imagine that I built a house. A beautiful family home with all the bells and whistles. It didn’t only have rooms for all who dwelt in it, but it had enough for guests to stay over. It had bathrooms, kitchens, media rooms, everything.
Now lets imagine this house was perfect in every way. And once I had completed building it I found you and said “Here. Have this house.” I signed of the title and deed and you owned it completely. With no money owed to me or a bank. You had a new house that you could do anything in, largely because it was no longer my house or property.
Now I as the builder, would always feel a fondness for that house, as it’s a masterpiece that I created, but I wouldn’t have the authority to do or even say anything about what you should do, or how you should live in your brand new house. Because it’s your house!
Okay, so time goes by (as it does) and the house runs into a bit of disrepair, because it’s a house and it requires maintenance from time to time. Lets also say that some mice have decided to shelter out the winter in your house and gnaw on the walls from time to time. The house is still livable, but some bad things are starting to happen to it.
If you called me to complain, and demand that I fix it, my response would be along the lines of “I’m sorry this is happening to you. But that’s your house. It was perfect when I gave it to you. I didn’t send the rats to you, and I most definitely didn’t replace good roof tiles with chipped ones! As much as I would love to help you. I gave you that house. It is your responsibility. You need to get rid of the mice, and you need to repair the house. And you can. Because when I signed the deed over to you, I gave you the authority to do with the house whatever you wanted.”
Now that’s fair.
Yet that’s our reaction when bad things start to go on around us. we beg, plead and demand for God to fix them. Or we wail and travail and complain that if God is so good why is this happening?
Well… Lets go have a look at the Word.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…” Genesis 1:26-31
That seems an awful lot like our story. God created the world for us, and then gave us His authority to rule over it. The word Dominion is the only word we need to read there. He has given us the title and deed, the ownership. We are it’s rulers. And everything bad we see is because we live in a world where we receiving the wages of sin. Which is death. – Romans 6:23
God is not responsible nor can he be held to blame for what is happening down here, when we are the ones who have been given the job to be fruitful and multiply. He will not interfere no matter how much we plead, because He honors His Word, and He trusts us.
He did however send his son. To pay for all that sin, so that we could believe in Him, and have our sins paid for. Jesus is like the handyman of the house who can and wants to fix the hurts, the wounds, and the broken tiles. He wants to shoo off the rats and wants to help us with our house.
But he isn’t responsible for all the bad in it. You would hate for me to interfere with your house after I gave it to you, it’s the same really with all we face down here on the Earth!
He loves us. And has sent his son for us as a way to fix the decaying house. But you have got to ask him!
Hope that helps!