Mr. Little lays it all on the line.
The greatest test of faith for the Christian is to believe that God is good.
The most common loss of a person’s faith occurs when we encounter evil and suffering and we can’t make sense of it all.
We feel we have to understand but that is the point. God never asks us to understand. God never expects us to understand. He knows why things happen but we are not capable of comprehending.
Why are we so limited? We are too present-centered. We are mired in the details of the tragedy. We are overwhelmed by the evil acts of man.
We are just not intelligent enough. God’s ways are not man’s ways.
We are just left with the question “Why?”
God asks us to hold on. Paul Little writes “God never asks us to understand; we need only to trust Him in the same way we ask our child to only trust our love, though he may not understand.”
I know this is hard, especially for those of us who want all the answers. God won’t ever give us the full picture of why things have to be the way they are. Helmut Thielecke “points out that a fabric viewed through a magnifying glass is clear in the middle and blurred at the edges. But we know the edges are clear because of what we see in the middle. Life, he says, is like a fabric. There are many edges which are blurred, many events and circumstances we do not understand. But they are to be interpreted by the clarity we see in the center—the cross of Christ.”
Romans 8:32 “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” One day we will understand, maybe when we join God after our life is over.
Right now, God asks us to trust that “all things work together for good” Romans 8:28.
Including the acceptance of suffering and the acceptance of evil and the coexistence of God.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”
Can we have the faith of Habakkuk? If we could, I believe that God would be pleased.
If we could, we would be able to get through the suffering and evil we encounter.
As believers, we eventually come to one very clear conclusion.
God is in charge…and I am ok with that.
Next week: Does Christianity Differ from Other World Religions?