I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say that their biggest problem with God is that he lets bad things (things like abuse and cancer and war) happen to the innocent; to children.
I’ve thought and prayed about this a lot and I hope that the some of my thoughts on this help some of you.
I quoted a passage from 1 John 1:5 in Monday’s blog that “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” I want you to really think about that for a moment. God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
When God created man, He loved him so much that He gave him dominion over the earth. He put him in the garden of Eden – in Paradise and He gave man the most important gift He could – free will. Free will. And it was from that first man and woman exercising their free will, in choosing to disobey God and eat from the tree of knowledge that sin and pain and suffering and death were introduced. So lets think on that. God didn’t introduce pain and suffering and death…man did because he disobeyed God. Because he was tempted by Satan.
People are always so afraid to mention that as much as there is a force for good in this universe – GOD, there is also a force for evil – Satan. In John 8:44 Jesus says the following about the devil.
“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
Those are some powerful words. He was a murderer from the beginning. I think that the devil wants us to suffer and he especially wants us to blame God. Anything that he can do to destroy the relationship that God intended to have with mankind is a win for him. He lies to us and tries to convince us that if God is so good, bad things wouldn’t happen. Except that I think that is part of the lie that he wants us to believe, that bad things come from God. Remember, Jesus called him the father of lies. “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” Can you really believe that a God so full of love and light wants children to suffer and die?
But God also gave us free will. He absolutely will not usurp that. If we lose our free will, our ability to freely choose God, then we are nothing more than slaves. Our pain and suffering is the consequence of our sinful nature, of the original sin.
Now, I don’t want anyone to think that I believe a child deserves to suffer. I have absolutely yelled at, and pulled away from God over the suffering of my own children at times. But I have also learned that God has the incredible ability to take something truly horrible and make it a blessing. God can’t subvert our free will by fixing this world we live in, this world we have created by exercising our free will, but he can make wrong things right if we turn to him, if we lean on him. If we trust in him.
I can’t imagine the heartbreak that comes from losing a child, but I certainly know the heartbreak of parenting a broken one, and I believe with all of my heart that they are welcomed into God’s kingdom. That while we suffer here from their passing, they are in the arms of a loving Father. God is good. Don’t let darkness and anger keep you from having the relationship you were meant to have with God.