27 CrashPosted: July 22, 2012
We all come into this world helpless as infants. We grow yet we are still naïve. As children we trust those who care for us. We continue to grow and develop throughout our childhood yet we retain some of our infant helplessness. Then, as we grown into adolescents, we begin to resent parental intrusions into our lives, yet we continue to feel deeply dependent upon them. The development continues into adulthood where we learn independence, move away from home and make a life of our own.
Somewhere in this process we experience “crashes”—a “crash” is a profoundly negative event that marks us. What was your crash? Some may have experienced many crashes. A “crash” shakes us to our core and can make us wonder if God even exists. My primary crash was the death of my mother when I was eight and a half years old. I believed in God when I was a child, and I heard about His love, but I doubted that He really loved me.
“Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” Job to his wife, from Job 2:10.
Job believed in God. According to Job 1:1, “This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.” Job made the above statement after he lost almost everything he had, including his health. After some time with his friends, Job’s thoughts about God seemed to have changed. “’I cry out to You, O God, but You do not answer; I stand up, but You merely look at me. You turn on me ruthlessly; with the might of Your hand You attack me. You snatch me up and drive me before the wind; You toss me about in the storm. I know You will bring me down to death, to the place appointed for all the living.’” Job 30:20-23. Job’s view of God was affected by his circumstances.
We tend to question God after a crash. “Why me?” we ask, “Why now? How could You have let this happen to me?” When push comes to shove, God is the big target for our blame.
What is the basis for our faith in God? Is it the circumstances of our life, or His Word? Yes, circumstances affect us. Stoicism, ignoring our emotions or closing ourselves off to them actually worsen our problems. Rather, we need to base our faith on the Word of God even in the midst of crashes and the resulting pain and suffering.
How can we still believe in God when He allows us to experience crashes? Some “crashes” are blatantly evil (such as the shootings at the opening of the “Batman” movie in Aurora, Colorado). The news shows us daily the evil in this world. We need the power of the Holy Spirit living in us to keep believing in God. “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (I Corinthians 12:3). As Lord, He is in control and in control for our good.
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