Sometimes We Are Faced With Challenges That Seem To Have No Answers
I recently received a few responses to the “Name A Situation That Has Challenged Your Faith” post on my Facebook site.
There were several responses from people that shared some situations that they found challenging and left them asking serious questions. Two responses dealt with the injury or death of someone they were close to. One was from disease in which a young mother died from cancer and the other, a freak accident of a rock coming through the windshield of a car on the highway. However, the level of tragedy and pain is always relative. Sometimes the loss of a job, as was the situation with another reader, or other challenges can be devastating as well.
Our heads are left spinning with questions anytime something like the things in these situations happen. Just a little over a year ago, my 28 year old grandson died suddenly, leaving our entire family stunned. It seems that we all have had to deal with these types of situations that appear to have no answers.
No one can pretend to have any special insight or answers when tragedy rears its ugly head. It is impossible for us to know the exact details of each situation. There are so many factors that could be involved. We can only look to the Word of God for understanding. I discussed these kinds of difficult challenges to our faith in Chapter 9 of my book, Ideolatry, titled, “God, The Accomplice?”
One main question that always seems to be at the forefront is, “How could God allow this to happen?” One scripture stands out as an answer to this question,
“…so the curse does not come without a cause.” (Proverbs 26:2)
I think that we can all agree that death, injury, destruction and loss would fall into the category of a curse. Even though we nearly always find ourselves lacking in details, according to this verse, curses do not come without a cause.
In Ideolatry Chapter 11, “What’s Up With Job” I discuss how Job found himself dealing with these kinds of tragedies happening all around him with the loss of his family, his possessions and his health. He assumed that God allowed all of this to happen to him by his statement;
“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)
However, they key issue to understanding what happened with Job is given to us at the beginning in Job 1:6-11. Here we see that Satan was the destroyer. Later on we see that Job’s fear and self-justification were the causes that opened the door for Satan to operate. God did not “allow” it, Job himself did, and because of Job’s free-will, God could not legally intervene.
In order for God to “allow” these types of things to happen, He would have to be an accomplice to the activity. But, God does not have anything to do with any of it.
Perhaps our questions should actually be directed differently and ask, “What happened over the course of this person’s life that gave place to a curse such as this to manifest in their lives?” And the question that is the logical extension is, “What am I doing or not doing that could allow the same thing to happen to me?”
- What words of fear and doubt do you use that might take you down a path of destruction?
- Is there something that you continually say that opens the door?
- Do you act on fears and doubts that you speak?
- Do you allow these fears and doubts to change your behaviors, such as making a wrong turn, leaving too early or too late, not paying attention to things around you or not taking care of your body?
- Are you distracted or just not listening to the Holy Spirit when He is warning you of a danger that is lurking in the darkness, trying to destroy you?
God provides the way of salvation and healing. He is not the author of death and destruction. These are in the realm of Satan and sin.
God spoke His Truth through the mouth of Jesus who said this in response to the question, “Why?”
"Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20 NIV)
Let us rely on Him as the apostles did with their exclamation.
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!" (Luke 17:5 NIV)
In Matthew we see that Jesus healed.
35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. (Matthew 9:35 KJV)
In Acts, disease is equated with oppression of the devil.
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38 KJV)
The book of Hebrews describes the character and nature of Jesus.
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8 KJV)
And James describes God this way,
12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am being tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:12-18 NASU)
We can never know the exact details of any situation, with the possible exception that the situation involves you and your own choices. God and Jesus never change and they are not the problem. God has provided all that you need for life and Godliness. It is up to you to use your faith and accept His provision.
As painful as it might be to accept, the problem always lies in the hands and heart of man. And there is not a single one of us that hasn’t opened the door to a curse. That is why we so desperately need the mercy and grace of God through Jesus.
I hope my blog posts help you grow in your faith and Biblical understanding. I would like to invite you on a journey of further spiritual growth by purchasing the Ideolatry Book and Study Guide. Together, these tools will give you a strong Biblical foundation when life is difficult to understand.
May the Lord bless you and keep you... Dr. Rich Masek
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