Why Does He Allow It?
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” -Romans 8:28 Then why did God allow my husband to cut through the knuckles of all four fingers? Why was my baby born with a birth defect? Why was my father left with a painful disease? Why was…. and the list goes on.
As time passes and the rawness of these events lessen, my thoughts start to untangle. If I am truly honest with myself I know God never abandoned me or those I love. He was there. He was there when my husband called for help, only a miracle could explain it. He was there in answer to our prayers and miraculously intervened in our daughter’s health. He was there by my parents’ side giving them comfort as my father fought with pain.
More recently my thoughts were stepped up a notch.
I was commissioned to do a painting in memory of a young mother who lost her fight with cancer. The verse she had claimed until her last breath was Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
One could look at the outcome and say God didn’t keep His bargain, but did He? He most certainly gave her hope to hang on, as well as giving her peace. She knew she had a future in the life to come, free of sickness pain and heartache.
God didn’t say we would never experience loss, sickness, or pain. He sees the big picture and although He daily showers us with gifts He is more concerned with our eternal well being.
From the words quoted by a child for whom I also painted in memory of:
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Yes, He was there with this dear child as He promises to be with all His children in every situation we may find ourselves in.
“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18 NIV