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Wednesday, 05 October 2016 12:22

Offense Against the "Almighty": Can You Afford It?

Written by  Kemi Searcy
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In 2014, the movie “God’s Not Dead” was released. The movie’s lead character was Josh Wheaton, an evangelical college student. He enrolled in a philosophy class taught by Professor Jeffrey Radisson, an atheist. Radisson demanded that students sign a declaration that “God is dead” in order to pass the course. Josh is the only student who refuses to sign.

 

The professor required Josh to debate the subject of whether God was dead or not with him. He also agreed to let the class members decide the winner. Radisson gave twenty minutes at the end of the first three lecture sessions to debate. Josh did well in the first two. During the final debate, Josh posed a question to Radisson: “Why do you hate God?” Josh repeated the question two more times. The professor exploded in rage, confirming he hated God because, despite his prayers, his mother died and left him alone. The student asked Radisson how he could hate someone that did not exist. Another student stood up and declared “God’s Not Dead.” Most of the other students stood up with Josh. Defeated, Radisson finally left the room.

 

What was Professor Radisson’s problem? He had prayed to God to heal his mother, and yet his mother had died. He felt God had failed to heal, and the pain in his soul eventually led to an intense rage against God Almighty. He held an offense against God.

 

Can you identify with this story? Maybe you also believed God to heal a loved one and despite all your fasting and prayer that person died. You may be a victim of a gang rape, wondering why God never stopped the perpetrators. Maybe you have wondered where God was when your house was robbed. I get asked this question often:  If God is a loving God why does He allow so much evil in this world?

 

First, I want to assure you, God is good! He only wants what is good for His children. So what are some of the reasons for the horrific events that happen in life?

 

1. Cause-and-Effect

Some of what we blame God for may be the consequence of our bad choices. But God is such a good Father He can and will turn those misfortunes to benefit us. We must learn to turn our failures over to Him instead of blaming Him.

 

2.  Direct attack from the enemy

“But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Rev. 12:12b NIV). Satan’s agenda is to create havoc through stealing the good that God has planned, killing the hopes and faith we have, and destroying each of our destinies. At the same time accusing God to our hearts.

 

3. The wickedness in men’s hearts

Through the fall of Adam sin has passed down through the generations, the heart of man had become dark and wicked. Mark 7:21 (KJV) says, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders…”  We hurt each other through our wicked hearts. God is never responsible for evil.

 

If you are offended at God, you might want to reconsider your stance. When Job complained against the Almighty, the divine response was deafening, “Who are you to question my wisdom with your ignorant, empty words? Now stand up straight and answer the questions I ask you. Were you there when I made the world? If you know so much, tell me about it.  Who decided how large it would be? Job, have you ever in all your life commanded a day to dawn?” (Job 38:2-12 – GNTA). If God had said this to me, it would have made me shut up!

 

It is amazing that even if we have an offense against God, He still offers to heal and establish us. If we are open and our hearts are soft and teachable, He can give us a new perspective – His perspective that far outweighs frail human thoughts. After all, He is our “Redeemer.” This means He can create good out of the worst possible situations. He redeemed people and situations repeatedly throughout the Bible. And He can do it for you and me.

 

Trade in your offense for a new perspective, a God perspective, and watch your Redeemer work.

 

Blessed is he who is not offended in me. --  Jesus

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