“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground a part from your father’s will (V29) Jesus told His disciples that our Father in heaven keeps an eye on every sparrow and counts every hair on our heads; yet the fact remains that sparrows do fall. Could God have prevented the sparrows’ fall? The tragedy? The child’s death? The spread of cancer? Most of us believe that God has the power to prevent such things if He wants to. We are then left to wrestle in our minds with the problem of why God permits what seems to us to be the triumph of evil over good. Sometimes we draw the conclusion that God is calloused, uncaring, or partial; or we think that the victims of evil suffer because of their own or someone else’s sin. Both conclusions are in stark contrast with the Good News of the Bible that tells us God is love, and we don’t have to be good to deserve. His loving care. It is impossible to praise God for all things if we think that He is sometimes indifferent to suffering. Praising God for evil circumstances does not mean that we approve or accept evil for evil’s sake. God did not create evil, because God is love. But God created beings with free will and the capacity for evil. Evil came about as a consequence of man’s rebellion. Because evil does exist, God sent His Son to die on the cross to break the power of evil in the lives of all who would believe in Him (Marlin R Carthers)
PRAYER LINE: Simply trusting every day; Trusting through a stormy way; Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus – that is all – Stites.
If you turn your trouble over to God, you’ll have nothing left to worry about.