God I Get It…You Have My Attention

Posted: December 7, 2013 in Food For Thought
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It’s a hard lesson sometimes, but to get our complete attention God has to allow things to occur in our lives to realize we need Him. We are born into a world where dependence falls on our own ways and relying on someone else becomes very uncomfortable.

Until we run into trouble and now forced to depend on God. We sometimes say after, “Why didn’t i do this a long time ago,” or “if I only knew I would feel this way.”

But that was the only way God could allow us to see we need Him. God allows bad things to happen because it is his will to allow bad things to happen. Ephesians 1:11 says that God works all things after the counsel of his will. The things that we might consider bad, such as getting robbed or breaking a leg by falling down some stairs, would both be bad. Theft is morally wrong, where accidentally breaking your leg is not. He allows both kinds of things to happen to us. Why? Well, we can’t always give a definite answer to every situation, but we can say that God is not surprised by anything and he has a reason for allowing things to occur.

Another explanation as to why God allows bad things to happen is due to Adamic representation. Adam represented us (1 Corinthians 15:22) so that when he sinned in the Garden of Eden, we ended up suffering the consequences of his rebellion. In other words, we are born in a fallen and sinful world because of Adam’s sin. This would mean that God is allowing the consequences of sin to run their course in the world, which includes bad things, because Adam represented us. Also, we could say this demonstrates how bad sin really is, and God wants to show everyone how bad sin and its effects really are.

Yet another explanation is that God can use bad things to lead to good things. For example, when we look at the crucifixion of Jesus, which is the means by which we are saved from our sins, we see that it was a result of people doing bad things to Jesus. Yet, we are saved by it. Praise God.

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