By Susan Norris
“How can God be good if He allows so many awful things take place in this world without doing anything about it?”
I've heard that question asked many times before. I've often wondered if God asks the same question of us. How can (insert your name here) be good if she allows so many awful things to take place in this world without doing anything about it. God doesn't choose to bring affliction or sorrow on anyone [Lamentations 3:33]. Problems are the result of the ruler of this evil world we live in today [Ephesians 2:1-3]. When bad things happen in our lives, God has a plan
We are the plan.
God can choose to work any way He desires and for reasons we may not like or understand, He chooses to work through us. He calls us to be His hands and feet in this world [Matthew 25:35-45]. Much of what we see taking place in the world today would be remedied if we, the Body of Christ, lived life as our Lord and Savior calls us to live.
What can I do, you ask? Nothing in your own strength. Thankfully, the solutions don't depend on what we can do in our own strength. The solutions depend on us living a surrendered life allowing the Lord to work through us. Hebrews 13:20-21 tells us He will equip us to what He calls us to do. He tells us as much in 1 Thessalonians 5:24,
“The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.”
He won't leave us hanging. He is simply looking for people who will go. Those who will respond as in Isaiah 6:8,
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
There is a hurting world out there. They are looking for someone, anyone, who cares. Is that you? Are you willing? Do you care?
In her book, Undaunted, Christine Caine shares about a time when she sat down with survivors of human sex trafficking in Thessaloniki, Greece. She told them there was a God who was good and cared for them and asked His followers to love others the same way He loves them. As she shared, a young woman named Sonica said,
“If what you are telling me is true, if what you say about your God is true- then where were you? Where have you been? Why didn't you come sooner?”
If we believe God is good, if we believe He can and will restore, if we acknowledge the Word of God as truth, then we must take action. We cannot sit by expecting God to do something, because He has. He's called us, equipped us, and commanded us [John 12:26, Hebrews 13:20-21, and Matthew 28:18-20]. It's time we put on our armor and get to it [Ephesians 6:10-18]. The invitation has been issued.
- Are you willing?
- What will you do today to answer the call?
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