A redneck, having applied for an insurance policy, had to answer some routine questions.
“Have you ever had an accident before?”
“Nope,” the redneck answered.
“Not even one?” the agent persisted.
“Nope,” the redneck said. “A rattler bit me once, though.”
“And you don’t call that an accident?”
“Nope, the danged varmint did it on purpose.”
I expect all of us have experienced accidents of one sort of another. Sometimes there have been physical or emotional injuries as a result. Pastors are often asked why God allows bad things to happen to good people. No answer to that question is ever adequate. We simply have to trust that God loves us and that He knows what He is doing, even when it makes no sense to us whatsoever.
In Isaiah 59:8-9, God tell us “for my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
God sees the big picture from his throne on high, and we see only a tiny bit from down here on our level. So we must trust that “all things work together for good to them that love the Lord” (Romans 8:28).
When people come to us with broken hearts because of a turn of events and ask “why” the Lord allowed it, we should be honest and let them know we don’t have the answers, and that, in the absence of answers, we need to lean on His assurances from the Bible.
One such assurance is that God loves us. In fact, He loves us so much that He gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, to die for us on the cross at Calvary so that we may live forevermore. Despite what’s happening in our lives, we can rest upon the truth of His love.
Another assurance is that life on this earth is not the “be all end all.” The Lord has prepared a much nicer home, an eternal home for his people.
The Bible assures us that our Lord loves us, no matter what comes our way, and that nothing can ever happen that would separate us from His love.
“For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, no things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).