Did God Do That?

Have you ever heard someone blame God for evil? Just the other day I heard a Christian lady, distressed about the senseless murder of her friend by a suicidal man high on drugs, say, “I don’t know why God took him like that. He was such a good person.” My heart grieved. God took him?

Friend, God is good all the time. He does not commit murder. He does not destroy human life. God did not kill her friend. A crazy man, influenced by drugs and devils, did.

Now, if her friend was trusting in Jesus as his Savior, then he was a child of God. And the good news is that God’s born-again children never die. They have eternal life. Instead of murdering him, God was there to welcome him and usher him into Paradise. God is good.

James writes:

“Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
(James 1:16-17)

The evil that is in this world is the result of sin and disobedience to God. And unfortunately, innocent people do suffer sometimes because of their lack of knowledge, the harmful choices of others, and the evil influences Satan has upon society. This is sad, but this is the consequence of living in a world where men, who are free to obey or not to obey God, often choose the path of disobedience.

This was what happened in the case of Joseph. He was betrayed by his own brothers, sold as a slave and imprisoned falsely for a crime he did not commit. But in all that Joseph went through, he did not blame God. He knew that God was not the source of evil. He continued to submit to and place His trust in the goodness of God. And though times were tough and his suffering lasted a long time, God was with him through it all. In the end, God turned it around and richly rewarded Joseph’s faith.

So what should we do when we are confronted with evil and suffering? Let’s not err and blame God. Instead, let’s give thanks to Him for being the good God He is. Let’s acknowledge that every good and perfect gift comes from our loving Heavenly Father. Then let’s choose to submit to Him because He is good and resist the devil because he is evil. And let’s be confident that ultimately good will triumph over evil!

14 Comments on “Did God Do That?”

  1. True in deed, for tough times never last but tough people do. God will turn around the toughest situation your life for your good. All things work together for good….

  2. Thank you Bishop and good morning,

    Like we say in Liberia, “neccesity is the mother of invention” and for the children of God, I strongly believe that “TOUGH TIMES/SITUATIONS come about to build up our faith in believing his words much more beyond our natural strength which will eventually turn the tough times/sirtuations around for our good and to his glory.

    I pray for his strength to take me through trials each time I am faced with them knowing very well that he will certainly change them around for my good.

  3. Bishop, many people dont understand that what they need in life to enjoy a funfilled life is God”s forgiveness. That is the first step to receiving a spiritual insight into the workings of God. It is the best way to stay out of ignorance of devil”s devices.
    It is like what Paul wrote in 2 Cor 3: 15 and 16: “But even unto this day, when Moses is read , the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless, when it turns to God the vail is removed.”
    Once people are converted and become enlightened by the Holy Spirit, they will understand that HE who offered HIS only son for us will not bring evil to us. The cost of redemption put away evil from the children of God, Those who dont embrace Christ sacrifice on the cross of Calvary face the peril of being destroyed by man”s arch enemy- satan.
    Satan is the architect of all evil, for he seeks to steal, to kill and to destroy. But God shines light upon a dark world rampaged by satan, and HE does so to give us an abundant, godly life preserved by HIS precious power,

  4. “every good and perfect gift comes from our loving Heavenly Father”

    preach it bishop, preach it!

    awesome. indeed

    how dare those who accuse God of being evil?

    don’t they know what is an evil father is? Jesus says

    “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children,”
    – Matthew 7:11

    according to Jesus, an evil father, knows how to give good gifts

    “how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
    – Matthew 7:11

    therefore if an evil father can give good gifts to his children
    how much more a loving Father gives perfect gift to his children?

    and yet sometimes we accused our heavenly father for the bad things of which when look in detail, we were solely responsible for our own actions

    – grace and peace

  5. THank God for the massege of grace that has helped me to love and fear everyday.may the good Lord blessed yr ministry.Again i say grace helps you to live a holy life.

  6. Oh Bishop, thanks soooo much, I have the answer for my son who thinks God is causing all his problems. I did not know what to say to him yesterday, but God gatve you my answer. Thanks

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