A lot of believers are going through divers’ trials, tribulations and temptations. The storm of challenges is ravaging lives, homes and families’ in the areas of health, finance, career, jobs, unachieved goals and dreams, poverty and One thing that seems to be common at the onset is the seeming absence of God.
This can be a big strain on our relationship with our ever-faithful, loving and great God. Faith begins to dwindle as the storm rages stronger and hope becomes uncertain about God’s word and love and this become evident in the believer doubting God’s plan and purpose for his/her life and questioning the Lord’s integrity and in dire instance, questioning the Lord’s existence.
This was exactly Gideon’s query to the Angel’s salutation in the book of Judges 6:13… “And Gideon said to him, “Please, my Lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
You could argue that Israel had sinned and that is why God handed them over to the Midianites. True! But what about the healing of the man born blind in John 9:1-2… “As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents”
Here, the Lord was exact in saying the man didn’t sin and yet he was faced with health challenge from birth.
Or the Lord’s reply in Luke 13:1-4… “ There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Here, the Lord explained that death that befell those people was not because their sins were too grievous. Their sins were not commensurate with the ordeal of death.
So what it means is that there are certain situations and circumstances in our lives that are not our fault at all or it is not because of what we have done or still doing.
Things just start spiraling out of control and degenerating from bad to worse to worst and you have no clue as to what is happening and how to stop or even salvage what is left after the devastation. At this point, you cry out to God and it seems the heavens are close and no One is at home.
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