From the Editor...

From the editor

Have you ever asked the question : “Why would a God who is loving, all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful allow bad things to happen to good people?”

In our lives this question is sometimes asked in innocence by people with a genuine desire to understand.  When people are hurting they honestly want to know: How could God let this happen to me? Why wouldn’t God stop this pain and help me?

Firstly we have to know our purpose in life.  You cannot improve on God’s purpose for you. God is good. He loves you. He wants the very best for your life. Now the question comes up in your mind while reading this:  “Then why…?

After all, sometimes we experience devastating suffering. Just think of an abduction and murder of a child, or the long and painful death of a kind and gentle person.  A child or baby dying, the hurt in a husband and father’s eyes when he has to tell his family there are no money to pay rent, or to buy food, to watch his children go hungry.

Honest God fearing people trying to walk the road with God have to realise that He made it very clear. He said, “In the world you are going to have tribulation — trouble — but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (see John 16:33), this is a promise.

It’s hard to be of good cheer when you’re having trouble, isn’t it? But that’s what He said. This is a promise He made to you, and me.  It is easy for your friends and family to say: “Oh, you just ought to hold onto the promises of God!” Yes, that’s wonderful and sound so right. God’s got a lot of wonderful promises, and one of them is that in this world you’re going to have trouble.

If you feel lonely and rejected, just know God hasn’t deserted you. He has never promised us a rose filled path, but He has promised us that He will always be there for us.  Iron is heated to a red hot heat in order to bend it and mould and strengthen it, and that’s the way God has to deal with some of us. Some of us are very hard headed, and it has to be our way and no other way.  The Holy Spirit slowly moves away allowing you to make the mistake, stumble and fall, but are always there to help you up. God will never leave you or forsake you.

In being His child, He gives us FREE WILL.  How you live is your choice, He does give us guidelines and warns us, but if we do not obey, then we have to carry the consequences.  No intelligent and comprehending Christian would welcome suffering.  The Bible actually makes it quite clear that faith in Jesus Christ does not guarantee a good life, but a perfect eternity, a hope for better times and a life with Him!

After our son Drisan died at the age of four due to cancer, I asked the question, what did I do wrong?  In life good people also gets hurt, no one is excused from it.  However how we go through it, depends on ourselves.  John 10:10-29 English Standard Version (ESV) – 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd.

In our times of deep hurt, we blame God, and knowing us and still loving us, He understands.  It is time that we recognise the one that wants to destroy us, satan.  Don’t help him by being stubborn, if you will not let God rule in your life, loving you so much that He gave up everything, His beloved Son, He will not force you, and will patiently wait for you to bow your knee and acknowledge He is God. A good, good God! Sometimes He says no, and we do not understand, but He knows our future, and for me, that is enough!

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