Elijah sat in a dark cave brooding over the current state of affairs in Israel. He had rejoiced as he watched God's power thunder from heaven onto Mount Carmel, validating the Almighty’s supremacy over man-made Baal. The long-awaited revival of Israel seemed imminent. But that woman... The word of one wicked woman toppled Elijah from… Continue reading If You’re Doubting God’s Plan
When faced with incomprehensible suffering, people respond in one of the following four ways: Blame God. Dismiss God's omnipotence Conclude we are subject to random chance. Remember this life is temporary and turn to God for comfort
"If there is a God, why do bad things happen?" "If God is so powerful, then why was this ruler able to murder all these people?" "God doesn't work in the world today. If He did, He wouldn't have allowed my child to die." People from every race, color, and time have asked questions like these. Humanity is perpetually baffled by suffering. Grief or pain cause some to lash out at God or abandon Him altogether. How do we reconcile a loving, all-powerful God with a world overrun with destruction?
In our fast-paced, sound-byte world, people want (and give) quick answers with no real thought to the complexities of the question. Consider, for instance, the following question: "Does everything happen for a reason?" For the past several weeks, I have been rolling this topic around in my mind after reading an article that a few of my… Continue reading Does Everything Happen for a Reason? (part 1)