Thursday, May 23, 2013

Theology: What is God really like?

One of the issues that comes up with tragedy is doubt. Is God really there? Does God ever intervene? Why does God do this or that? Is God really as unpredictable as Muslims say? Why?

One person wrote back about our situation saying God decides everything that will happen, He is the supreme ruler. This implies that for some reason God sends tragedy and pain.

We disagree. Sometimes God allows pain and disease but it is not His work. Just as Jesus when aroused commanded the wind and waves to be still, God does not send the storm but allows it, abides it, until He is aroused to intervene. He may not intervene, that is His choice.

There was a statement in the class with Ken Boa today that was helpful:
There is a big difference between hoping in something and hoping for something.
We can be very disappointed and disillusioned if we put our hope in a particular result, rather than hoping in God and His unchanging character.

Hoping for is still legitimate, it is the stuff of prayer and intercession. But we must hope in God, not in the result of our prayer. We need to be open to God's decision. Sometimes God gives us more confidence for prayer by revealing a certain result by His Spirit.

This may not please someone who is careful to entertain only "possibility thinking" and no "negative confessions". But it is tragic when someone does not allow for the possibility of sickness and death, and then falls into this with no preparation, only the thought, "I must have been too weak in my faith."

"Answer me because you are faithful and righteous." "I remember the days of old. I ponder all your great works. I think about what you have done. I reach out for you I thirst for you as parched land thirsts for rain." "For the glory of your name O Lord, save me." Psalm 143:1,5,10,11

So today we are praying for 3 miracles:
  1. Increase in amniotic fluid
  2. Normal head shape
  3. Catch up 3 weeks of growth in just 1.

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