The recent tragic deaths in Connecticut remind us of the how fragile life truly is. In Parents sent their children off to school fully expecting to see them at the end of the day. Many of them purchased, wrapped, and placed gifts under CHRISTmas trees that will go unopened.
These tragedies raise the questions: why do bad things happen to good people? And, why does God allow evil things like these to happen.
The answer to the former is, “because we deal with fallen people in a fallen world,” and, to the latter, “He doesn’t.”
God gave man DOMINION…
We need to understand that it was never God’s plan to control all the events in the world. We see this in the creation account (Genesis Chapter 1), which could be termed, “God’s Mission Statement.” Understand, God is all-knowing and all-powerful and he could control everything in the world but God esteems His Word above His name (Psalm 138:2) – therefore He will not violate His Word
God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth.
Part of the reason these tragedies happen is because we are unaware of the authority we possess in Christ.
Man relinquished his POSITION…
Now, the Bible is clear that the earth and all its fullness belongs to the Lord (Psalm 24:1), but the rulership of it was given to man. Through deception, the devil usurped the authority of man and gained control over the world’s system but did not obtain the title deed to the earth itself. Because man is out of position, the devil had access to mankind – and he retains access to all who remain outside Christ. This is why salvation is so important!
And to Adam He said, Because you have listened and given heed to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it, the ground is under a curse because of you; in sorrow and toil shall you eat [of the fruits] of it all the days of your life.
18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth for you, and you shall eat the plants of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you shall return.
Man begins to operate in APPREHENSION…
I’ve taught before that FAITH is the currency of the Kingdom of God (Hebrews 11:1) but FEAR is the currency of the principality of darkness. We must remember that, as citizens of the Kingdom of God, we must trade in the currency of our native land – just as US citizens must trade in dollars and not foreign currencies!
Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once and possess it; we are well able to conquer it.
31 But his fellow scouts said, We are not able to go up against the people [of Canaan], for they are stronger than we are.
32 So they brought the Israelites an evil report of the land which they had scouted out, saying, The land through which we went to spy it out is a land that devours its inhabitants. And all the people that we saw in it are men of great stature.
33 There we saw the Nephilim [or giants], the sons of Anak, who come from the giants; and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
One of the things we must avoid is the trapping of religion. Religion suggests that God is either behind bad things – that tragic or calamitous events are the result of His wrath or judgment – or permits them – in the case of Job:
For the thing which I greatly fear comes upon me, and that of which I am afraid befalls me.
Do you see that: Job was operating in fear! Furthermore, going back to my earlier point, sin gave the devil access to mankind. So if you study the book of Job carefully, you’ll see God does not give access to Job!
In this world you’ll have TRIBULATION…
Even though you’re saved and in Christ, you should never delude yourself into thinking that you are free from tribulation and persecution. Once the devil knows your heart is after serving God and seeking His Kingdom, you can expect opposition. In fact, if you don’t encounter the devil in opposition, you and he may be going in the same direction
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
29 Jesus said, Truly I tell you, there is no one who has given up and left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands for My sake and for the Gospels
30 Who will not receive a hundred times as much now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.
God sends a SOLUTION…
God, knowing all outcomes, prescribed the cure for sin in the form of His only Begotten Son. And because sin is the source of all of man’s problems, Jesus – as the cure for sin – is the solution to all man’s problems!
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
But when the proper time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born subject to [the regulations of] the Law,
5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as Gods sons].
Jesus brings REVELATION…
Here’s a (hopefully) simple illustration – the CEO of a company is paid to be aware of everything that goes on in his company. And he probably could do every job in the company. However, in the interests of both efficiency and the professional growth of his charge, he delegates responsibility to them. Now God is higher than any CEO and certainly more aware of what’s going on, yet he delegates much of the work to his children.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
We are to take authority in the name of Jesus!
Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.
All of creation remains in rebellion until the true Saints are revealed and take authority:
For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for Gods sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].
Jesus said upon His entry to Jerusalem that if His disciples ceased praising Him, the very stones would cry out. Here, because of the absence of awareness of the authority of the saints, the earth and all creation cries out for the righteousness-conscious sons and daughters of God to show up.
We are brought to RESTORATION…
Because of sin, we were separated from God’s intent. Notice, here, I say “intent” because God never left mankind to his own devices. God didn’t simply wash his hands of mankind – He was always but a prayer away! Isaiah wrote in the Book he composed in Chapter 53, verse 5 that the chastisement (punishment or correction intended for us) of our peace was upon him (Jesus). Isaiah correctly prophesied that Jesus would become sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21), effectively reconciling us to God.
Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear, little flock, for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the kingdom!
18 Jesus approached and, breaking the silence, said to them, All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.
19 Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
9 Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christs blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God.
10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sins dominion) through His [ resurrection] life.
I pray everyone catches that – we are restored and reconciled unto God! We are in Christ and, therefore, partakers of His power!
Once we have the revelation of the solution of Jesus, we’ll understand how to overcome tribulation, how to live without apprehension, step into our rightful position, and how to operate in the dominion God gave us from the beginning of time. When we are fully versed in what God has vested in us, we will pray with power and pray beyond our own needs. Ask God to put the burden of a stranger on your heart – and then pray fervently for whomever it is God has placed on your heart!
© 2012 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)