May 2014

flower imageeRamsey Reformed Churchline

Saying "Blooming in the Prairie by the Grace of God Once Again!"

 

 

The Search for Spirituality

                The Holiness and Justice of God!

 

“Life is not fair.” Have you every heard someone say those words? Maybe you have said those words. I remember when my daughters said that to me, while they were growing up. I have said it myself

 

“God is not fair.” Have you every heard someone say those words? There are times in life, when people have said either one of those statements.

 

We need to take a few moments to meditate and think about those statements. The attempt to explore what these statements mean and why they are spoken is just that, an attempt. One of the thoughts that occurred to me in light of these statements is the search for justice, what’s right, what is holy.

 

Was it right, just and holy for God to let snow storms cause so much damage and trouble for people in the United States this past winter?

 

Is it right, just and holy for some people on earth to experience so much wealth, knowledge and technology and for others on earth to live in poverty, starvation and oppression?

 

Is it right, just and holy for........
.....an aspiring Christian medical missionary to die of acute leukemia in the prime of life, when many people prayed for his healing?
.....churches to be destroyed by tornadoes, hurricanes & floods?
.....people to die from random acts of violence?

 

At the age of twenty there was a man, who was burned in a tractor fire. He asked, “why me,” “why now?” He was working a summer job trying to earn money for college. At the end of day he offered to help his father by putting gasoline in a tractor. The resulting fire caused 1st, 2nd and 3rd degrees burns over different parts of his body. The young man asked, “why did God allowed this to happen,” “why didn’t all the skin grafting take,” “why didn’t the healing occur faster?”

 

The young man of twenty was me. I discovered that pouring gasoline into the tank of hot, running tractor is a foolish thing to do. The consequences of my foolishness were my own fault. And yet I asked, “why God didn’t prevent it?” After the surgery, “why didn’t God heal me faster?”

 

Far too often, human beings defy, disregard and openly disobey the moral, the emotional, the spiritual and the physical laws of God, and then they get angry at God. “God is not fair.” One cannot neglect or defy the principles of God’s word and expect to live a vibrant spiritual walk with the Lord.

 

One cannot defy the health of our bodies by using alcohol, tobacco, eating excessive food, abuse drugs, or fail to exercise and expect to live long lives. You may be thinking, but there are people who haven’t done any of those things and they have died of cancer, heart trouble, lung disease, liver dysfunction, etc. The list of diseases and illness that take human life are many. How can God be just, righteous and holy?

 

Many people ask that question. God has answered that question by introducing us to Someone, who has lived through and answered those questions of justice and righteousness. His name is Jesus Christ, we can read about Him very specifically in the first four books of the New Testament and all the rest of who God is in the Old Testament.

 

There are choices to the questions we ask and our responses to them. They can be acceptance or despair, anger or dependence, bitterness or submission. The challenge of life is learning to trust in the mercy and forgiveness of God in midst of the just or unjust circumstances of life.

 

Read these words of the Lord from Psa 32:8-10 NIV. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man (or woman) who trusts in Him.”

 

 

 

Learning to trust in the justice and holiness of the Lord.

— Pastor Perry DeGroot