After seeing the movie “God is Not Dead” yesterday, I was reminded by the quote or rather misquote by Mark Twain, “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. And, so it is with God. No, God is not dead as some would have us believe. Nor is he away on vacation, napping on a cloud or backlogged on prayer requests that he just can’t seem to get to.
Funny the concept people have about God. Most of it a combination of wishful thinking and mythological lore. Kind of like the current Noah movie, more fantasy than fact. Ask a dozen people randomly about God and I am guessing you would get just about as many different answers. Even from Christians. The sad fact is that very little is being taught today about the nature and character of God; which leaves people grasping for an understanding of God that comes not from the Bible, but from their own imagination. In the aforementioned movie, God Is Not Dead, the college Professor who challenged the Christian student turned out to be less of an atheist than he was a God hater. A man whose disappointment with God at a young age, soon became bitterness and bitterness; hate - because bitterness left unchecked – like a river running downhill – will always turn to hate for it has no where else to go.
It’s important that we look to the Bible for the true nature and character of God. For God in his true nature will never disappoint. That is not to say that we will always understand why God allows some things. But, this we know. God is good and God is good all of the time. Not some of the time, but all of the time. And, as his children he always has our best interests at heart. This is the nature of our heavenly Father; the one our earthly Fathers are patterned after. And, while our earthly Father’s may sometimes fail us, our heavenly Father never will. It is completely impossible and contrary to his nature and to his will to do so.
When we look at things like the horrific mudslide in Washington state, the missing Malaysian plane and the countless numbers of children abused and even murdered on a daily basis, we often wonder where God is. Does God see and does God care? And, while we sometimes want instant answers, it is the Bible that emphatically assures us that yes; yes, he does. God not only cares, but, cares enough to have intervened on our behalf.
Where you say; where did he intervene?
Think about this. The Bible says that God is light. In him there is no darkness at all. Before a single candle in a darkened room can even be lit, as soon as the first match is struck, the darkness is dispelled – for darkness can never over power light. Light will always prevail.
We may not understand all the dynamics but, the Bible is clear. Jesus, the light of the world has overcome sin and death. And, while God may intervene in specific ways in specific cases, the reality is that he already has. We can never accuse God of doing nothing.
We must understand that God has already accomplished what was needed most. When Jesus said, “It is finished” – he meant exactly that. It is finished! No longer would sin and death and evil and trouble have any power over us. For Christ has triumphed on our behalf. Do you not see - in Christ, whether we live or die – it’s all the same. Wherever we are, whatever our circumstances found in Him, we are safe. And, that can never disappoint.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy