This is one of the most profound questions ever asked by anyone living or dead.
It would be easy to draw from the Scriptures and conclude that God rains on the Just and the unjust.
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45)
It would be equally easy to draw from the passage of Scripture that alludes to “…The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” (Job 1:21)
The use of the former is apropos; the latter has been routinely abused.
Some people like to see themselves as pawns in God’s chess game with the devil. They equate suffering with piety and will frequently be the ones to ask:
Why not me?
These are the folks who count it as a badge of honor that God “chose” them to suffer for his sake. They believe that God heaped calamity on them to teach them a lesson.
They say, like Job, that “…the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away…”
That’s all well meaning but not true. God gives. Period. The Bible tells us that every good gift comes from God:
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
and that all his gifts are without repentance
For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. (Romans 11:29)
Life is a gift and God doesn’t take it. Jesus made this abundantly clear:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
Let’s play a game of “connect-the-dots…”
- Jesus said, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father…” (John 14:9)
- He said, “The Son only does what He sees the Father do…” (John 5:19)
- He said, “I come do do the will of He who sent me…” (John 6:38)
- He also said, “I and the Father are one…” (John 10:30)
- And the Author of Hebrews said, “Jesus is the express image of the Father…” (Hebrews 1:3)
So here’s a few pertinent questions: During Jesus’ earthly ministry (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John)…
- How many people did Jesus make sick? None!
- How many did He cause to die? None!
- How many people did He heap calamity upon? None!
But, watch this, He healed all who came to him…
And the only two he didn’t stop death from taking them?
He raised them from the dead.
The Bible says, It is not God’s will that any perish but that they all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:3)…
That means He wants to see EVERYONE saved! That “saved” comes from the Greek word, “sozo,” which is commonly interpreted to mean “salvation from sin.”
But it is a multifaceted word that also means:
- Delivered from demonic oppression
- Bodily healing
- And material blessing (prosperity)
All of the above constitute the will of God
So why doesn’t everyone get saved?
Some because they reject the Gospel…
Some because God has bad PR people…
So why doesn’t everyone get healed?
I don’t know…but it ain’t God’s fault!
We are created in the image of God to look like him and the likeness of God to act like him.
We are his ambassadors — we are to reflect the will, culture, and intent of His Kingdom
People often say, well it was just God’s timing and He never makes a mistake.
And that’s absolutely true.
But I want to make something perfectly clear,
That the devil’s timing is awful and and he is the very absence of perfection. His aim is terrible and his motives are evil.
I’ve got good news for you: It is no sin to ask, “why me?” Asking that question simply reveals your humanity and your awareness that you don’t have all the answers.
But it’s foolish to ask, “why not me?” See, when you ask this question, you tempt God, which you should never do. It is also false humility — and when you scratch the paint of false humility, you find a veneer of pride.
We all must launch out…where God sends us
And the waves will tossed us…and our boat will be rocked
But Jesus is with you…resting in the boat
So you can have confidence you’ll make it…to the other side
I don’t know…what you’re going through
But the Jesus who was in the boat with the disciples
Is in yours, too.
And He’s doing the same thing He was doing in their boat…
So if God is resting in you, you don’t need to worry.
Worry doesn’t increase tomorrow’s peace, it robs today of its joy!
You need to know
That God is the solution to your problem
Not the source of your problems.
You will never be the target of His wrath
Because that was laid upon Jesus
He will never woo you…to turn around and wound you!
As you go…through the storms of life
You need to know this.
That sometimes…God calms the storm
And sometimes…He calms His child.
© 2015 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)