Where Is God?

Disasters and tragedies are happening all the time and they are increasing. The question that many people are asking is “Where Is God?” “Why doesn’t God stop all these tragedies?” The answer is simple, but the answer is also very hard to accept. The problem is that we have a hard time agreeing with God as to how He reacts to these tragedies.

God Created Us As Free Creatures

God does not step in and change things in the world because He created us to take care of the world. Genesis 1:28 (NIV): “God blessed them (Adam and Eve) and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’”

What happens in this world is our responsibility. We are in charge. However, we have not lived as God created us to live. We have allowed evil to become rampant in the world.

Evil Is Rampant In The World

We cannot deny this fact. People are inflicting tragedy on other people all the time. Look at the Oklahoma Bombing and the destruction of the twin towers inNew York. This is a fact of life. As long as we live in this evil world, evil people are going to do evil things to good people.

But what about all the natural tragedies? Why doesn’t God stop all the earthquakes, floods, etc.? This again seems to be the result of evil. Romans 8:22 (NIV): “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” What is this saying?

Even that which we call “nature” is affected by the evil in the world. All the earthquakes, floods, etc. are a result of all the evil in the world. This may not seem possible, but when you realize that scientists are telling us that everything is alive (there is constant movement in every atom), even solid objects like rocks, we began to realize that the Bible is correct.

But why do these tragedies happen to Christians? The sad fact is that since we live in this evil world, even Christians will be caught up in this evil. It will affect us the same as it will affect non-Christians.

God Suffered So We Could Be Free

God has done what He could without taking away our freedom. We brought sin and evil into the world, so God came to give us the means to destroy that sin and evil. God gave us the means that we need to eradicate sin and evil from our own lives, and eventually from the whole world. All we need to do is to implement it.

God came to this earth as a human. He felt the rejection of people. He finally died on the cross in a horrible death to pay the penalty for our sins. God suffered more than either you or I will ever suffer. If God was willing to go through that suffering so that we could be free, who are we to complain when we have to go through tragedies.

Yes, evil has been defeated, and eventually, all those who choose to live with God will be separated from all evil. But as long as we live as free creatures on this earth, we are responsible for getting people to reject evil from their lives. We are responsible for taking the great gift of salvation and spreading it to all people. God gave us the tool, we are responsible for using it.

If we are going to see people converted and come to a saving relationship with God, then we must also be willing to live in and through disasters. Jesus (who is God) suffered so He could save people. Are we better than God? No! We must also be willing to suffer, if necessary, so that others can be saved. God came and gave us the tool, it is up to us to use it.

Look At The Bigger Picture

We tend to see only what is happening to us and around us. We tend to see only that which affects our own lives. We tend to restrict our understanding of life only to this earth. God wants us to see the bigger picture.

We are only on this earth for a short period of time, even though it seems to be an eternity for us. We are here to make a choice as to whether we want to live with God or without God. The decision that we make while living on this earth will determine how we will live for eternity.

God Wants Everyone To Live With Him In Heaven

II Peter 3:9 (NIV): “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” This verse tells us that God does not want anyone to perish, that is, live outside His presence. He wants everyone to repent and be saved.

This is why He has not returned for His Church yet. He is giving us as much time as possible to win people to Christ. Yes, the time will come when God will step in and end all the evil and sin in the world. And I think that that time is much sooner than we think.

Are we doing what God wants us to do with our time? Are we winning people to Christ before Jesus comes again?

The only way that anyone can enter heaven is if they have shown God what they want to live with Him. This means that those who are living without God, need to change their lives and desire to live with God. Are we doing all we can to get them to see what they need to do?

This is another reason why God allows tragedies in the world. He knows that people will not change unless they see their current life as something that they do not want. Thus, keeping people safe will not entice them to change their ways and seek the presence of God.

God Lives In the World Through His People

Remember, God gave us the responsibility to take care of His creation. God does not dictate what happens in this world. This is our responsibility. And it is a much greater responsibility that most people realize.

God has chosen to work through His people. This is why God created us in His image, so we could carry out His plans. God wanted someone to share His great love with. So He created the human race with the ability to love. Love cannot be commanded, it can only be learned.

How do we learn to love? We learn to love by reacting in a positive way to the needs of other people. How can we do this? By taking care of God’s creation. This is why God has chosen to work through His people here on the earth. God will not interfere with what we want to do.

However, what we do here on this earth will affect our eternal destiny. Are you living like God designed you to live? Are you living with God, or without God in your life? Remember, God made it easy for us to choose to live with Him. That is why Jesus came and died on the cross.

In fact, God made it so simple that He declared that if you have heard of Jesus and His salvation, you must make a decision to either accept what He did for you or you automatically reject living with God forever. It is that simple. Have you made that decision?

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