In the world but not of it

October 13, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“he caused” 2 Samuel 24:1

Why do bad things happen to good people? How could a God of love allow such things to happen?

These questions are common. People ask these questions all the time. These questions, however, are not necessarily the right questions to ask especially if you are a follower of Christ and know your Bible.

The state of nature of man, as explained in God’s word begs a different question. Why go good things happen to people at all? The Bible tells us that man is not good (Romans 3:10,12) but selfish and sinful. This is a tough message for many because many people rely on their good works and their standing in society as a relfection of who they are.

Like every difficult question in life the answers are found in the word of God. To know God’s character and His intent, His instructions and the lives of those in the Bible is to begin to understand the answers to these questions and others that are equally as challenging for some.

Here in this passage we are told that God’s anger was burning against Israel and that God caused or moved David to perform a census. In Job we see the terrible circumstances that he experienced as a result of God allowing it. Naturally our first reaction might be to ask why God would allow or cause such things.

The Bible teaches us that God is in control of all events in the life of His people as David said in Psalm 31:15 “My times are in Your hand”…

God allowed Satan to afflict Job because God knew that Job would survive the spiritual, physical and emotional onslaught and that in the end God would be glorified and Job would be established once more and that this one story would serve a purpose for thousands of years to come in encouraging others who would suffer.

When we dig deeper into this passage in 2 Samuel we see in 1 Chronicles 21:1 that is was Satan who stirred up David to perform this census but to the Hebrew writers Satan was ultimately allowed to do what he did because of God therefore the statement “he caused” would be accurate in that ultimately God allowed Satan to stir up David.

But did God cause David to sin? No, he allowed Satan to stir up David in order to get out a growing behavior in putting trust in the things of the nation rather than in God and through this process the Lord was able to weed out this sinful pattern and resolve it.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.

When we ask questions of God there is one other question to always consider; is the answer for our glory or His?


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