Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Don't Blame God

Whenever something bad happens, many times God gets the blame. I cringe to hear people attribute sickness, financial ruin, natural disaster, and even death, as God's will for them. One scripture that is used in this vein a lot is Romans 8:28.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
But this verse only reiterates one truth continually presented throughout the Bible - God is good. Jesus stated this very fact in the Gospels.
And Jesus said...none is good, save one, that is, God. (Luke 18:19)
"Good" is a word every English teacher tells their students to avoid. Trite and overused, it's meaning has become a bit lost to us. Dictionary.com defines it as "morally excellent, satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree, right, proper, kind, beneficient, friendly, financially sound or safe, genuine (not counterfeit), reliable, dependable, responsible, healthful, not spoiled, favorable, agreeable, advantageous, available..." I think you can begin to see the picture!

First John 1:11 states it this way.
He that doeth good is of God...
Good comes from God, and God does good. Here's another verse which substantiates this statement.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)
What type of gifts come from the Father? Good ones! But also notice the second half of the verse - NO variableness and NO shadow. I like the Good News Bible translation, "God...who does not change or cause darkness." Yet another verse states "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5)

Didn't God move us OUT of the kingdom of darkness? (Colossian 1:13) It stands to reason then if God has no darkness and He moved us out of darkness, if God is light and life, if God is good, then God doesn't deserve the blame.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I [Jesus] am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)
The entire eighth chapter of the book of Romans, including verse 28, is in agreement with what the rest of these verses say about God's character. Verse 1 informs us that we who are in Christ have no condemnation, or reproach. Verse 2 says we are then free from the power of sin and death. Verse 3 tells us this is because Jesus condemned sin that, verse 4, God's righteousness might be fulfilled in our lives. Verses 5-13 instruct us to walk after the Spirit of God and not obey everything our flesh, or body, tells us to do. Verses 14-17 state as children of God He is our "Abba, Father" and we are His "joint-heirs." Think of that! God's heirs!

This chapter continues on to say God's Spirit prays for us (v26) and nothing can separate us from His love. (v35) But through hope and patience and by taking control over our flesh, through God we will overcome! (v25, v37) Given all of this, verse 28 is another in a long list of God's marvelous promises.
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
If in verse 32, we define "all things" as "good" things, then in verse 28, we must do the same.

God gave us Jesus, His Son, to die on a cruel cross. If He did that, then how could He not freely desire to give us all the GOOD [insert the definition] things we will ever need?

More Reading: Matthew 7:9; Luke 12:28,31; Luke 21:18; Acts 10:38; 3 John 1:2

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Suzanne
Suzanne Williams Photography
Florida, USA

Suzanne Williams is a native Floridian, wife, and mother, with a penchant for spelling anything, who happens to love photography.

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