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It’s Not Without Cause

You look around, then, probably, you may have blamed God for allowing suffering and pain in this world. Some people have this kind of mindset. They think that because God is all-knowing and nothing escapes His knowledge, He must have the power to stop the grave problems of the world. Or why would God allow these things to happen? With just a click of His fingers, there will be peace. This is one very common aspect of blaming. People would always try to take out the blame onto someone else before realizing that the major part of the blaming scene is the “self”. This is as old as Adam and Eve. When God asked Adam if they ate the fruit of the tree which God had commanded them not to eat from (Genesis 3:11), Adam replied that it was Eve’s fault because she gave him the fruit (Genesis 3:12). And when God asked Eve, of course, it was the serpent’s fault (Genesis 3:13). So, are sin and suffering in this world, God’s fault? How can it be God’s fault when He is God? God is abounding in love, perfect in wisdom, and great in power. How can He allow great sin and suffering to ruin the world?

“I form the light and create darkness. I make peace and create calamity. I am Yahweh, who does all these things.” – Isaiah 45:7 (WEB)

“Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight which he has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider; yes, God has made the one side by side with the other, to the end that man should not find out anything after him.” – Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 (WEB)

Why can’t God stop this horrible pandemic? God allows suffering to both the righteous and the wicked. He also gives graces to both the righteous and the wicked. God is God. He is loving and He is just. Jesus taught this,

 “But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.” – Matthew 5:44-45 (WEB)

Every act of God is not without a cause. God gave a heavy message to the people of Israel through Prophet Ezekiel. God asked Israel to repent, return to Him, and turn away from idols (Ezekiel 14:6). God warned them that He would send severe judgement on them because of their evil deeds through the “sword, the famine, the evil animals, and the pestilence” (Ezekiel 14:21). The judgment of God was severe that man and animals will both be cut off from the land. But this is what God said concerning His judgement,

They will comfort you, when you see their way and their doings; then you will know that I have not done all that I have done in it without cause,” says the Lord Yahweh.– Ezekiel 14:23 (WEB).

When you look at the evil around you with the eyes of your limited understanding, you will tend to put all the blame to God. But when you see the evil around you through God’s perspective and wisdom, you will realize that His grace is at work. His justice is at work. His love is at work. The evil that is born in the hearts of mankind through one man’s sin (Romans 5:12) cannot be compared to the judgment of God which is done because of His longsuffering with mankind.

“The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some count slowness; but he is patient with us, not wishing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9 (WEB)

Take a look at the evil around and look closely. Then you will understand that God’s judgment is a comfort. You will think that God is harsh for sending judgement out of His great love, mercy, and justice but others do not realize that the evil man commits is worst! It is beyond comprehension. The idolatry that man treasures and worships is far graver than God’s judgement. God said when you look at man’s evil deeds you will be consoled. Then you will realize, God had not done it without a cause (Ezekiel 14:23).

“Yahweh has made everything for its own end—yes, even the wicked for the day of evil.” – Proverbs 16:4 (WEB)

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Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

36 thoughts on “It’s Not Without Cause

  1. Thank you for this post. It seems to tie in with the theme that I am being given in my devotions today, that of famines. I think the pandemic is a type of famine, mostly within society and the church. Through such famines God brings blessings of plenty in His time.

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  2. Everything has purpose. We are looking at it from our limited perspective. We see things in time limits. God has no such limitation. Yesterday, today, tomorrow He sees and knows everything and knows the outcome.

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  3. One of the deepest dimensions of God that I love and seek to appreciate more is His sovereignty and dexterity.

    God chooses what to do, how to do it and when to do it. His ways are not our ways. His word says “All things work together for good to them that love Him and are called according to His purpose.”

    Every storm allowed by God comes with lessons and blessings. The crucifixion and death of Christ wouldn’t have made sense to those who saw Christ performed many miracles but His resurrection was the plot twist and the fact that by His death, we have access to victory, deliverance, healing and salvation.

    Every painful experience allowed by God has a gainful purpose.
    Thank you for sharing, Debbie

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  4. I love the part you wrote here, “when you see the evil around you through God’s perspective and wisdom, you will realize that His grace is at work. His justice is at work. His love is at work.” Amen!

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