Holding on to Faith

One of my Facebook friends recently posted that, in light of the rescue of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight in Cleveland, Ohio, he’s not sure if he believes in God anymore.  After all, how can a good God allow three women’s prayers (& their families’) to go unanswered for 10 years, while his prayers for winning sports teams seemed to be answered?

In fact, there are lots of events in history–big and small– that don’t make a whole lot of sense to us down here.  Like the Holocaust.  Or slavery.  Or the Boston Marthon bombing.  Or Columbine. Or any number of other tragic and evil events in human history–and the many going on today.  Of course it seems like God should just step in and fix it all (sort of like Jim Carrey in Bruce Almighty).

Aside from the “free-will” argument, the “simple” truth is that God doesn’t always answer prayers–at least not the way we want Him to.  In fact, He didn’t even answer Jesus’ prayer to be spared crucifixion.  And yet, as Christians, we find great joy in our salvation.  Even my young children can see how that one horrific event has a joyful eternal consequence for billions of believers throughout history.

God can see every piece of the puzzle.  And I don’t think He’s simply picking and choosing what prayers to answer.  In fact, I would venture to say that a faith that is grounded in events alone (whether good or bad!), is not one that will endure.

Imagine if our children only thought we loved them when we gave them every thing they asked for.  And they stopped loving us when we didn’t.  And then we responded accordingly–giving them everything they asked for in order to prove our love.   (Wait a minute–I think we all know where that leads!  lol)

One of my favorite verses is one my Dad used to sing, “I know in whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I’ve committed until Him against that day.”  My faith is firm regardless of my circumstances because I trust that God is who He says He is.  Is yours?

Blessings-

Karen

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