Monday, August 22, 2011
This week at church...
Our pastor, Kevin tackled the message, "Does God Care?" - How can a loving God "let" children suffer? Or "why" would he allow this suffering? Keven's explanation of this was amazing...
The suffering began WAY back, when Adam & Eve ate of the forbidden apple (Gen 3:17) "you shall eat of it all the days of your life". And WE still are. It allowed sin, suffering, and hatred to enter into our lives. If we truly asked God to rid the world of suffering...WE WOULD ALL BE GONE!! There isn't a single person in this world who hasn't hurt another person, whether it be physical, emotional, intentional, or by accident. If we asked God to rid the world of natural disaster, we would be without hurricanes and tornadoes, but we'd also be without the weather that causes them... wind and rain, the sun, rainbows...we'd go back to being a void in the atmosphere, just like before creation.
He did rid the world of wickedness once before...we have all read the story of Noah's Ark. Back in Sunday School, it was a cute story about "saving the animals" during a big flood. The part I didn't pay attention to back then, was the gory part of all who were washed away. God made a promise with the rainbow, to never again curse the ground for man's sake, nor will he destroy all creatures. This to me, tells us that we are here and will have to deal with the sin that is all around us, but we can have Jesus in our hearts to pave our way. He is there for us, he gives us the strength and the wisdom to endure all things.
Just a note first, this is totally MY opinion of the message, I am not quoting our pastor...this is just my note taking during church...just wanna make sure no one judges our pastor in case my "take on it" is not in accordance with the bible.
I feel sooo blessed to have pastors at our church, who can explain things to me in an understanding way :)