July 18: The Uncomfortable Truth About Trouble: God Could Stop It!

Read: Ephesians 1:11

For the next two days we venture out into waters that will feel choppy and uncomfortable as concerns the connection between God and trouble.

One month after 9/11, Christian apologist John Piper wrote an article entitled, “Why I Do Not Say, ‘God Did Not Cause the Calamity but He Can Use It for Good.’” In it he establishes a difficult but biblically irrefutable truth: that God chose not to prevent 9/11. Indeed, that on that day – and every other – God was working “all things after the counsel of his will.” (Eph. 1:11)

Among the “all things” under God’s sovereignty are the:

“From the smallest thing to the greatest thing, good and evil, happy and sad, pagan and Christian, pain and pleasure – God governs them all for his wise and just and good purposes (Isaiah 46:10).

“Lest we miss the point, the Bible speaks most clearly to this in the most painful situations. Amos asks, in time of disaster, “If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?” (Amos 3:6). After losing all ten of his children in the collapse of his son’s house, Job says, “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). After being covered with boils he says, “Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).

sovereign“IT IS A MYSTERY, INDEED, how God governs all events in the universe without sinning, without removing responsibility from man, and with compassionate outcomes!”

THOUGHT TO PONDER: Does the biblical truth that God is sovereign over all inspire confidence or fear – or both? Why?

– barb

What do you think? Let us know by leaving a comment!

5 thoughts on “July 18: The Uncomfortable Truth About Trouble: God Could Stop It!

  1. i would say both. There is confidence knowing that in the good and bad of times, God has a plan and purpose for the joy and the pain.
    Yet, there is fear among our flesh because we, ourselves, do not have the answers or have control. And unfortunately our emotions get in the way of Truth. Yet, Clinging to Christ is the only answer when it comes to having that fear, because there is a need for a perspective change.
    So I would say both but when we press deeper into Jesus, we can stand more on His Truth, His character and walk with the confidence in HIM and NOT our circumstance.

  2. “Unfortunately, our emotions get in the way of the Truth.” Good insight. Sadly, so true.

  3. Day July 18…both…..I grew up with imagin of .God being very fearful….uncaring ….unless we measure up and “walk the walk”…..I walked away ….leaving many broken roads behind…..but 20 years ago I started down the road of love and God’s grace…….sometimes I fall prey to venturing back to the road where the pit is……loneliness….hurt…..imagined and real……I am a mother and very busy grandmother ……this year (and I use this illustration because being formerly from Indianapolis you can identify with thus comparison)…. has at times been like riding the Magnum at Cedar…..death of a close family member ……health issues…financial issues…..family conflicts….but for each one the “crisis” brought a closeness and better understanding of how big… How wide……how unmeasurable God’s love is. ,….no I am all about pain free living ….I call it living in “Disney /Mickey World….,lol….no don’t like trials…..pain ….hurts….but sitting here in the rare Ohio sunshine that we have experience……my pray is that I hold to …..“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
    ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬ ……..http://bible.com/116/2co.12.9.nlt

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience and insights, Ellen. I think there are a lot of stories just like yours out there.

  5. yes He could stop it. no one walks away from a pot spinning on the wheel till it is finished or put back into the bucket to be reworked later. even after it is fired He fills it with Himself. living stones built into a living temple. His Spirit is in His children and His hand is upon them. He is never far from them.

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