By Darryl Budge

Why did God do that?


Some people reject the Bible because God acts and thinks in ways that appear contrary to what we would like or believe is right.

Why can't I win lotto? Why did that person have to die?

Whatever the question is, sometimes we think we know better than God. We also think a God more like us would be a better God to believe in.

But the answer to those questions is that it is impossible for a finite human to think and know on God's level.

God Himself reasons with us, saying: "My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55, verses 8-9).

God is infinitely greater than all that exists. The God of the Bible has revealed to us that He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere-at-once whereas we, being His creation, are limited in all such ways.

In Genesis we read that God made us in His image so that we could know about Him and have a personal relationship with Him.

God enabled us to think and relate so we would seek Him, not so we would choose to be our own 'god' who makes the rules and make things happen according to our limited understanding.

In this life we will not understand much of the reasons why God does or does not allow certain things to happen, or why He says things need to be a certain way in our lives.

But if we know He loves us enough to send Jesus to die on our behalf, certainly He is a God worth trusting in?

The Bible reassures us in Romans 8:28 that, ".... in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

When we learn to trust and rest in that, we don't need an answer to everything else.

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