Praise or Blame - Mike Baker

Praise or Blame

We struggle with “why” bad things happen; especially why bad things happen to “good” people, Mark 10:18. There are many things we don’t understand and answers we can’t find. “If God is all powerful and good why does He allow…”; Why doesn’t He do something?”

Recorded in the first two chapters of Genesis, God created a beautiful, wonderful, sin-free Garden to be the home of man. A place where He could walk with man and have the relationship He desired. We sinned. We messed it up. We, not God, caused sin to enter the world! Sin carried with it a host of enemies including anger, self-centeredness, envy, greed, hate, and disease.  Consider that sin is to blame: 

• God, from the early days of man, gave us the blessing of choice.  As with any, the blessing of choice can be used to serve God OR to serve ourselves.   

• God, because He is powerful, because He is good, and because He is love did “do something”. When we face challenges, even tragedies we question God, but God has done something – He gave us Jesus. 

• Jesus, His life, His death, His resurrection did for us what we are unable to do for ourselves. He teaches us, changes us, heals us, cleanses us and rights our wrongs. He loves us. 

When struggling, we want God to not only “do something” but to do it now! We must remember God has done something. It’s done. In Jesus’ words “it is finished”.  The victory has been won. The price has been paid. God, because He is love, doesn’t want anyone to perish but to have eternal life, John 3:16. God allows this flawed world to continue and as it continues so does hurt, pain, sorrow, sin and death. The goodness of God shows in His longsuffering; it can be seen in His patience. God allows time for us to share the story of His Son, our Savior. Instead of questioning God for things we don’t understand we should praise Him for the blessings we do understand, 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18. 


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