And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 NLT
Many of us are quite disappointed with the way things turned out in 2020. We believe it has been a wasted year. So many things we wanted to do or have didn’t see the light of day. We also lost loved ones, whole families were wiped out. I lost a dear uncle and I personally know of a few people who caught the virus. I want us to look a little closely at our response to all these things.
As Christians we mouth the right phrases like – the above Romans 8:28, “I thank God I made it”, “Thank God I am still alive”. We even say the correct prayers for those who have lost loved ones and support their rising financial needs. Speaking personally to a few people I found out that these response are just a superficial covering for a deep sense of disappointment.
This is why I want to spend some more time on this issue of disappointment. For some of us the disappointment starts with God. Deep down we are weary and skeptical, but we dare not voice our deep disappointment with God and life itself.
For instance, “Why did God allow the pandemic?” Some say He did it to warn us and to prepare us. However, a friend of mine asked – “why would God kill millions of people to catch the attention of people He loves?” Inside us we nurse these doubts and disappointments and question God. But can we really blame God?
Scientific studies have shown that climate change raises the risks of plagues. One write up maintains that “many of the root causes of climate change also increase the risk of pandemics.” Statistically, we are the major cause of climate change by deforestation, burning fossil fuels and farming livestock.
How has the pandemic spread? – not taking proper preventive methods, for instance refusing to adhere to social distancing, not wearing face masks and generally not obeying the rules. If these findings are true, we caused the pandemic and not God. He put us in charge and see what we have done.
I really like the NLT version of Romans 8:28. – God causes everything to work for our good. It implies that when we do things, the good, the bad and ugly, He then causes them to work for our good. He is not the initiator of what we do, we are free moral agents.
God will not take our free will from us. We are the actors behind climate change but He will take the mess we created and cause it to work for our good. It is important that we do not blame God and secretly nurse disappointment against Him. He is still being glorified through and in this pandemic.
Proverbs 19:3 NLT, says people ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord. This looks like a hard saying but it is the truth. We mustn’t blame God for the consequences of our wrong actions. It is a cause and effect matter.
At the end of the day God makes a way of escape in Romans 8: 28. If you find it so hard to swallow let me conclude by saying that God in His infinite mercy is causing the pandemic to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.
Let’s take these words to heart but then let’s ask ourselves the questions – “do we love God?” and “ are we called according to His purpose”. These are the conditions for Romans 8:28.