Every time we hear of tragedy or worse…experience one, this thought often goes through our mind, “How could God do that?”
This is probably one of the biggest reasons people can’t embrace God. Many just can’t understand how a supposed good and loving God would allow us to experience such pain and loss. Nothing causes us to grieve and retreat more than the pain of losing someone we love.
- A mother losing her child.
- A brother losing his sister.
- A husband losing his wife.
Perhaps the pain of tragedy blinds us from a different perspective of God, loss and life. Maybe the reason so many can’t believe in a good and loving God is because their perspective of life is limited and very different from His.
I’ve been reading through the book of Ezekiel in my personal devotion time and I came across these verses…
15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 “Son of man, with one blow I am about to take away from you the delight of your eyes. Yet do not lament or weep or shed any tears. (Ezekiel 23:15-16)
I stopped reading and thought to myself, “This is totally messed up.” This prophet Ezekiel is totally sold out to God. Then one day God says to him, “I’m going to take away your greatest love on Earth and by the way, you can’t cry about it.” That same day, Ezekiel’s wife died.
I didn’t know how to take this verse. God was using a real life marriage as a sermon illustration to the Israelites. How is this fair? How could God do that to Ezekiel and his wife? These are all the same questions that many of us have when we experience loss.
But then I began to consider God’s perspective. He is eternal. He doesn’t see life as a few decades of breathing oxygen on planet Earth. He views life with an eternal lens. Perhaps what was Ezekiel’s loss was God’s gain! Maybe God wanted her with Him.
Why do we think that we own the people we love? Why do we think we own our children? Why do we think we own our parents? Why do we think that their Creator owes us a specific amount of time?
Maybe when God takes someone home earlier than we want, (and let’s face it, we think the people we love should NEVER die) it’s because He wants to be with them. Maybe their Creator has this right. Maybe this doesn’t mean that God has wronged us. Perhaps God isn’t unjust and unfair. Maybe it’s our lens that’s shaded.
Of course that doesn’t lessen the pain. However, it might help us gain a new perspective on God through those painful experiences.