When tragedy strikes us or someone close to us, we want to roll up our sleeves and shake a fist at Heaven and scream, How could you let this happen?!
This is such a natural and normal feeling.
And friends, God can take it. He knows the pain it comes from. And he knows who he is.
And he loves you.
And he loves when you’re honest with him.
What we want to talk about today is not ‘why’ our tragedy happened, but what these words insinuate. Let’s see if we can find some clarity and comfort in our thinking, even in the the midst of life’s hardest moments.
WHAT THIS INSINUATES
Behind the question “If you’re good, how could you let this happen?” is the underlying deception that God is working evil toward us.
It insinuates that God is evil.
In our most vulnerable moments, the enemy slithers into our thoughts with accusations against God.
“How could he let this happen?” “How could God be good?” “Who does he think he is?” “Why is God mad at me?” “I must have done something to deserve this.” “I hate God.” “I will never trust him again.”
He not only kicks us when we’re down, but he lies to us in first person, so we don’t realize he’s the one lying to us. He’s both a liar and a coward.
THERE’S A BATTLE OVER US
You and I have the attention of every creature of the heavenlies. A battle wages for us. The regime of darkness wants to ruin us, and in so doing, ruin and usurp God. And the Kingdom of Light wants to rescue us, love us, and rule with us forever.
In other words, you and I live in a wild war zone.
In this war zone, the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone who is knocked down, vulnerable, and weak. He seize’s every opportunity to kick us when we’re down. He knows this is the best way to keep us from God.
Why does he want to keep us from God? Because he knows that when all is said and done, when we’re joined together with God as his bride, he and his dark regime will be destroyed forever.
Until that happens, he believes his own lie that he still has a chance.
TRUTH: GOD IS GOOD
No matter our circumstance you and I need to remember—as a plumb line for our soul—that God is good. He is light, and in him is no darkness at all. He cannot lie, and he cannot have any evil intention whatsoever. When the storms rage, no matter how things look, the goodness of God stands strong. (1 John 1:5, Titus 1:2, James 1:13)
Every single one of us is worthy of the highest good. Not because we somehow earn it, but because of intrinsically who we are.
The truth is, God wildly and passionately loves us. We are his choice. Every human walking planet earth is his choice.
And as humans fallen into slavery in Adam, we desperately need rescue and freedom from the regime of darkness covering this earth. And this is what God’s heart is set on.
So whatever the reason for our trauma and tragedy, it never is born from an evil purpose in the heart of God.
Dear friends, if you’ve experienced trauma or tragedy that has altered your whole life, I’m so so sorry for what you’ve suffered. I’m so sorry.
As confusing as this suffering is, will you risk your heart on believing God is good, always has been good, and only has your good in mind? Would you dare to see him as your strong tower in this storm? As the one who fights for you, not against you? As the one who loves you more than anyone on earth could ever love you?
And would you let him carry you in this? Would you let him love on you, speak truth and comfort and light into your being? Suffering is always miserable. But suffering apart from the loving heart of God is unbearable.
You’ve kept track of all my wandering and my weeping.
You’ve stored my many tears in your bottle—not one will be lost.
For they are all recorded in your book of remembrance.
The very moment I call to you for a father’s help
the tide of battle turns and my enemies flee.
This one thing I know: God is on my side!
(Ps. 56:8-9, TPT)
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