Saturday, July 23, 2011

Don't Blame God!



The current turmoil in the world may have people questioning
whether God cares. We talk about the greatness and power of God
and wonder why He lets chaos prevail. We must realize that we are
the victims of our own choices and the choices of others.

The prophet Job in the Bible was a righteous man who suffered
because of the choices of Satan. Also, he received condemnation
from his friends because of their sins. David was a righteous man
who suffered because of the jealousy of Saul. Jeremiah was put in
a dungeon because he spoke God's word. John the Baptist was
beheaded because he preached the law of God to Herod. "They were
stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the
sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being
destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not
worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens
and caves of the earth." Hebrews 11:37,38. These people, our
ancestors, realized that God is not the author of chaos; it is
the result of sin. They suffered for the sins of others. All of
us today suffer for the sins of our first ancestors, Adam and
Eve, who chose to yield to Satan rather than God.

We did not bring the current turmoil on the western world. We did
not create the massive economic bondage our nations are in. Most
believers are ordinary middle class, hard working, and honest
Christian people. We did not create the economic policies of our
nations. We are not responsible for the behaviour of stock-
holders, banks, and corporations that dominate the financial
decisions made in our nations. The people responsible will have
to appear before God one day. "For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be
good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10.

We were all concerned when we saw on the news the devastation
from tornadoes in Alabama, and from the floods in Manitoba,
Quebec, and down the Mississippi. Australia and New Zealand also
suffered from a cyclone and earthquakes this year, and there have
been terrible fires in western Canada and Arizona. We never know
where disaster will strike next. When these things happen there
is no use shaking a fist at God and blaming Him. I do not like
calling these things "acts of God". Satan rules in the earth
right now and this is a fallen world. I believe when Jesus Christ
takes over rulership of the planet He will transform it into a
paradise. In the meantime, He can still help us through these
difficult events. The weather of the planet seems to be in chaos.
We can expect more extremes of weather as we approach the Third
World War. God can take control of the weather when He chooses to
accomplish his purposes. The Bible indicates that He will use the
weather in his judgment of the nations. "Hast thou entered into
the treasure of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the
hail, which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against
the day of battle and war?" Job 38:22-23. Speaking of Gog, the
leader of the great conglomerate of nations that will fight
against the Israel nations in the Third World War, (shortly after
the 3rd world war in truth - see my study of Ezekiel on my
website - Keith Hunt) the Lord says, "And I will plead against
him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and
upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, and
overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire and brimstone."
Ezekiel 38:22.

God does not promise that we will not have trouble in this
time of the end, but that He will be with us through our time of
trouble, and eventually we will be delivered from it when the
Lord returns. "Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like
it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved
out of it." Jeremiah 30:7. In prophecy, the name Jacob often
refers to unconverted Israel. The time of trouble should turn
some of them to the Lord as they seek answers to the tragedies
they experience. This is part of God's plan for our people. He
will be saving souls when everything looks hopeless. Our God is
always with us.

From the July 2011 "Thy Kingdom Come" - a publication of The
Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.

Welllll.... Robert I can agree with you in the main, BUT last
time I looked Hosea 4 was still in my Bible. Kinda plain I think.
Now is God directly or in-directly responsible? Well could be
both. We sure know this though, God does ALLOW it all; He does
not stop it, not for now He does not stop it, and physical
disasters will be used to bring this world to its knees and be
ready to accept the way of the Lord, which the world and the
nations on it do not want to do today, but want to do the way
that seems right to man, but which ways end in death.

Keith Hunt

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