History has shown that God will go to great lengths to get the attention of His people. He has allowed things like Plagues, Earthquakes, and Fires. He’s allowed individuals to deal with unimaginable circumstances like disease, family tragedy, and persecution. Oh, and let’s not forget the big ones like flooding the entire earth, choosing a man named Job, and coming to earth as a man and dealing with the very circumstances He allows into our lives. But why?
Today as I sit here typing these words, I am amazed at the world around me. Our entire civilization has been crippled by a virus known as Corona. Two nights ago, the entire Southeastern United States was ravaged by tornadoes, storms, and flooding. I got out yesterday morning and my heart was heavy as I went to inspect the damage realizing that some were dealing with the loss of homes and life while I was able to clean up around my home with a leaf blower. But why?
Why does God allow these things to happen? Why does God allow tragedy? Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Why is the Coronavirus here? And why were there a number of tornadoes around my community last night? Why?
Think about who asks the question “Why?” the most. Children. There is a reason that when compared to the God of the universe we are referred to as children. You can always compare a child of God’s relationship with Him to that of a Father and Son or Daughter. If you’re a parent, think about how we often discipline our children. Yes, there are times when we verbally get on to them or even send them to their room, but many times we let them fail or we even allow adversity into their life. I’ll never forget when my oldest child was very young, we were eating at a Mexican restaurant. Like most restaurants of this culture they bring out chips and salsa when they take your order. This particular establishment had a salsa that had more heat than most. My son Lane, who was just a young man at the time kept trying to get a chip full of salsa. We would explain that it was hot, but he kept trying, he just didn’t want to listen. So, after a few minutes, I let him dig right in. The look on his face was priceless as he began to drink everything in sight. From that point on, Lane believed me when I said something was hot.
So, let’s take a closer look at that very simplistic example. I know what is best for Lane. I have expressed that many times. Lane is my son and I love him very much. He loves me as well. Lane trusts me most of the time, but on occasion, he succumbs to his own desires. Many times, it is during these moments that I allow Temporary adversity or pain. Lane is a great kid, and I feel that I’m a great dad. Did allowing Lane to feel like his mouth is on fire make me a bad father? Of course not! It made me a father who wanted what was best for my child and if it took him learning through failure then so be it.
God is no different. He just often does things on a much bigger scale than we can even understand. Is the adversity of the Coronavirus bringing what’s really important back into focus in our lives? I know it has mine! Do tornadoes, storms, and flooding mean that God is mad at us? Of course not. Does God start His day planning how He will punish His children? No, but sometimes when WE choose to be disobedient, HE allows us to taste the hot sauce.
Today, let’s take inventory of where we are as a society. Are we moving closer to Him or pushing Him away? Are we giving Him the glory or seeking glory for ourselves? Do we seek Him in the good and bad times or only in the bad? These are tough questions that we must answer in both society as well as our individual lives. Our land seems to be broken, and God’s word has the fix.
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Today, let’s all go out and shine the light of Jesus in a dark world!!