My friend, how many times have you heard people describe to you their sicknesses, tragedies,
or misfortunes and then end the story with, "...but God must have done it for a reason." Or
"God is trying to teach me something." I am just as much to blame because I too remember years
ago putting the blame on God for different situations thinking that it was all for a reason.
But also remember that when we do have trials and tribulations in our life, God uses them
and turns them into something good as told in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work
together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."
During this process we are drawn closer to God and learn of His awesome power and dominion over
the works of the devil, thus strengthening our walk with Him.
A good loving father would never put His child's hand over an open flame to teach him that fire burns!
Likewise, God is our Father and like any good Father, He only wants to teach us using good
instructional methods and to protect us from harm...not cause it! Matthew 7:11
It is not God we should be blaming, it is our adversary the devil or satan who causes these things.
For 1 Peter 5:8 says, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about
like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." And in John 10:10 it says
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may
have life, and that they may have it more abundantly."
When Jesus walked the earth, Satan tried many ways to stop Him from doing His work and to try to take His life.
That is what Satan does...steal, kill and destroy. In the garden of Eden, man was tempted by Satan and disobeyed
God, introducing sin into the human race. But God immediately promised a remedy for man's sin which was Christ.
Ever since, Satan has tried to stop Christ and destroy the Church. From the beginning, he so destroyed the human
race, that 1600 years after Adam and Eve, there were only 8 people left who were seeking God on the ark and
survived the flood - Gen 7:13. The conflict continued with Pharoah's attempt to destroy the Israelites.
Satan tried to destroy Christ with Herod's decision to kill all babies 2 years and under. He tried to tempt
Christ 3 times to follow him. Satan tried to take Christ's life on the Sea of Galilee when Christ lay sleeping
during the storm. Satan could not stop Christ sacrificing Himself for us for our salvation, so he came to attack
the Church and continues to do so today.
The good news is that he will not be successful in destroying the Church
because of what - Matthew 16:18 tells us. Satan seen the potential and end results in Jesus as he does
in us as we do the work of the Lord, and therefore tries to hinder us and stop us from carrying on. Just as
he tried to take Jesus' life, he also wants to take our life and to try to destroy it any way that he can,
whether that be physically, financially, emotionally or spiritually. Time is running short and he wants to stop
Christians anyway that he can so we can't do God's work and help spread the Gospel.
Satan loves it that God is getting the blame and he isn't. Sickness, tragedy & misfortune are not the good things
that God promised us in James 1:17, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down
from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning."
My God is a loving and tender Father that only wants good things and blessings bestowed upon His children. He
doesn't reward us with pain and agony. So when you have trials and tribulations in life remember John 16:33,
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be
of good cheer, I have overcome the world." And remember, it is not God that is to blame.