18th October 2016

Where’s God When You Really, Really Need Him? 

“‘You will not certainly die,’ the serpent said to the woman. ‘For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’”
Genesis 3:4-5(NIV)

I wonder how many times down the ages that title question has been asked? Hundreds, thousands, by various people, almost always in trouble, probably facing death. Given how much hatred, how much love of money and how many wars this planet has suffered, perhaps even hundreds of thousands. After all, people say, those Christians are always telling us that God is a God of love, so why doesn’t He save us from whatever calamity we’re facing? Why does He allow innocent little children to die?

Good questions and they deserve a good answer. One answer lies in the Book of Genesis. Here’s the story of our first parents. It tells how God created us, not as robots or Lego pieces, but as individuals with free will, the will to choose for ourselves, good or bad. Genesis 3:1-8 fills in the blanks.

Rather, this is a story about choice; a choice that Adam and Eve made for themselves and all their children—including us. They chose not to believe God; they chose to decide for themselves what’s good and what’s bad. They rejected God. Effectively they told him to get lost—to mind his own business. And he respected that decision, He has indeed minded His own business down the ages, only intervening where necessary to keep His ‘cunning plan’ (which has quite a role for the Baldricks of this world!) for mankind on schedule.

So God is only doing what we asked Him to do—to stay out of our affairs. We think we know what’s best for ourselves; we don’t want anyone interfering. Until, that is, we’re in trouble and then we expect him to appear like a genie and to get us out of whatever situation we are in. Well, we can’t have it both ways and, anyway, whatever fate may await us in this life, Jesus has conquered death and Christians know that we will all live again, so death’s hardly the end! Even Christians, who have to live in the world, but are not of the world, have to suffer what time and chance bring; but we look beyond our present situation to a world where Satan is gone and Jesus is ruling as King of kings. We have a word for this—utopia and boy, do we look forward to it!

Father, God, help us to look beyond the evils of this world to your perfect law and please hasten Jesus’ return as, given the mess we’ve made of our societies, we need him to return sooner rather than later. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study by Chris Burmajster


Chris BurmajsterAbout the Author:
Chris Burmajster attends the Reading Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Reading
Room A1 (Main Building)
Honey End Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11am

Local Congregational Contact:
John Stettaford
Phone: 01923-241426
Email: pastor@wcg-reading.org.uk

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