Are you serious?
Is that how you want to reconcile your questions and faith?
Ok. So maybe you’re scratching your head wondering if good old Les has finally lost his mind. Probably, but that’s not really up for discussion. At least not in this post.
Try this premise on for size: I am seriously confident in believing there are very few who don’t have a God created in their own image.
Yesterday’s post was just two examples of how we create God in our image. We have expectations of God. We expect Him to perform as we think He should. We expect Him to provide answers that completely satisfy our questions.
Good luck with that. At the same time, I am confident you also have had an occasion or two in which your expectations have not been met.
So here’s my rant, difficulty, and frustration–not with God, He gets a break today…
When God did not fit in your god box, when God did not do what you think He should have, and when God did not and doesn’t yet answer your questions, please, please quit ascribing your lack of understanding to some mysterious plan!
I could scream every time somebody suggests that all the bad stuff that has happened is a part of God’s plan. Think about what you are saying!
When the horrific occurs and people are scrambling to get a handle on it–to understand how and why such things happen… When you have a million questions for God–when you are striving to comprehend where God was… Quit giving Him and yourself a pass and ask the hard questions! Sure, you may never get a satisfactory answer, but ask the questions anyway.
When you credit the unanswerable to some vague plan of God, you are not comforting the hurting, you are trying to give yourself false comfort and hope.
News Flash! News Flash! News Flash!
Bad things happen to good people. Hearts are broken. Lives are shattered. Blood is spilled that can never be put back. And to say rape, murder, suicide, divorce, cancer, and any other horror is God’s plan? That is tantamount to blasphemy. God does not work that way.
Care to repeat that with me?
God does not work that way!
But Satan certainly does.
The thief comes only to steal and kill. (John 10:10a, NIV)
I don’t understand why God doesn’t intervene. I confess my struggle to reconcile God’s presence in my life with those times He is so conspicuously absent.
Surely, if I thought for a minute God was behind the loathsome events that shattered my family and whose ripples are still being felt and will continue throughout our lives…
I would curse Him and beg to die.
That’s not my God.
That’s not His plan.
It doesn’t mean I am letting Him off the hook with the hard questions. It doesn’t mean I don’t still want answers. To the contrary, I do so want them.
Even as I recognize answers may never come this side of eternity, I’d rather go through life wrestling, struggling, and limping with God than to live in blissful ignorance. No matter how many times you say it, I will not pretend to find some lame comfort in a non-existent plan.
If nothing else, that’s a plan I have to live with.
Aren’t you glad faith is not one size fits all?
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