HOW COULD GOD BE SO CRUEL?
 

Pam Moore recently shared:

A young woman came to see me on two occasions. In our conversations she twice referred to God's treatment of her as "cruel." She was in her late twenties and upset about still being single.

Rising in my heart when she used the word "cruel" was a terrific indignation and also a sadness. She did not understand God's character. I told myself that I must not allow her to blaspheme God a third time. I felt afraid for her because one Day we will be accountable before God for every word we have spoken.

In God's plan I was forty-two before God brought my husband Carey to me. We have been given the happy marriage I had always dreamed of, and I thank God for being so good and kind. But even if God had not had marriage in His plan for me, He would still be good and kind. God is always good and kind.

When we go through trials, it is possible to question God's motives or to charge God with wrong. If we grumble, "I don't understand why God did this (or allowed this)," we are calling His character into question. In so doing we turn ourselves into God's judges. We thus exalt ourselves above God.

 
But who are you, a mere man, to criticize and contradict and answer back to God? (Rom. 9:20 Amp)

Job fell into this trap (as do many people who read about Job's life). Interestingly, God did not respond to Job by explaining Himself. Instead, He points out Job's arrogant pride:

Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be justified? (Job 40:1-2a, 8)

Do we view God or His ways with an eye of suspicion?

How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?" Rom. 11:33b-34.

If we charge God with injustice or unkindness, we are not only being arrogant, we are also being inaccurate. The Lord is just in all his ways, and kind in all his doings (Ps. 145:17). When we stand before God, our accusations against Him will die in our throats--not because we are intimidated in His presence but because we see the truth.

In learning to wait patiently for a husband, Pam was resting in the fact that God is good. She knew that God always works in our best interest--regardless of how things may appear. This knowledge is more precious than gold!

 

Jamie Lash                     

(assisted by Brent Wallace)


 


 

 

 

 



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