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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Why God?

The question is asked many times, "Why? God."
It is usually a question tied to a person experiencing some form of pain.
The question is asked in relation to an understanding that 'God is love', and perhaps a misunderstanding that 'all things work for good'.

The question is asked without reference to a complete and comprehensive knowledge of God. 
'God is love'; He is also an 'all-consuming fire'; He is Saviour, Healer, Santifier, Coming King; He is Creator, Shepherd, Avenger, Deliverer, Protector, Provider, Redeemer, Moral Governor and Judge.
What makes God God, is that His attributes entitle Him.
His names speak to His aboveness, His majesty, His power and authority. They speak to the rebellion of man and His call to obedience. It is His right to expect obedience.
His actions speak of His love. It is His love which entitles Him to a position to judge rightly. It will be that same love which has and will bring judgement upon all of mankind.
It is in love that mankind will be judged and it is that same love which has not brought judgement already. The Lord is not slack (late or loitering) ... as some count slackness, but is longsuffering (patient) ... not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
The question is not' 'Why? God' it should be 'Why Not? God'. When God's love and justice are placed the framework of humanities indescretions and blatant rebellion, why would we not have an expectation of God imposing suffering and calamities upon the world. Even more severe than what is experienced now. (T)he Lord said in His heart, I will never again curse the ground for man's sake, although the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done."

If God is to be judged on His mandate of love, then God by that same mandate should punish even more severely the disobedience of man to His commandments. There can not be an expectation of the blessings of God upon people who refuse to acknowledge Him in His sovereign position. It is an hypocrisy to beseech God for His tender mercies in afflictions and have little or no regard to His right to expect obedience. 1 Peter 4:19, "Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit (entrust) their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator." There's that word 'good' again. 'Good' is tied to obedience to a faithful Creator. "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, ... casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." If God loves me He will provide what is best for me.

Basically, if you believe in the love and sovereignty of God, then where you are at, right now, is the best place for you to be, not irrespective of your obedience to God.
The confidence of our faith is not found in our ability to believe but in our acceptance of obedience to the path God has placed before us to walk.
Faith empowers us to take the step that obedience has already made.

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