Did you realize that our God is always on time? He is never too early, nor is He too late. The answer might not be what we want, but it will be God’s perfect answer. The answer might bring joy or sorrow, but in His perfect wisdom and insight, He sees the whole picture while we see only a fragment. Unfortunately, as humans, we often focus on the negative and fail to see beyond the moment, especially when it involves a loved one suffering or our life being turned upside down.
We often forget that we live in a fallen world. Too many Christians believe that because of their relationship with the Lord, that we should be free of the hardships of this world. However, the Word speaks of the rain falling on the just and the unjust. Jesus himself stated that there would always be poor in the world. Take time to look at the early church, they were persecuted, hunted, imprisoned and killed. The same thing is happening in many places overseas today and we are seeing an onset of these events in the United Stated even now.
Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they knew no pain, no sorrow, and no suffering. However, after the fall, everything changed. A friend recently shared just a tiny bit about a few changes that took place. She shared her opinion that poison ivy was not poisonous until the fall. The animals lived in peace eating the vegetation and not each other. Think about it for a moment, God cursed the ground immediately after the fall. Every aspect of the world as Adam and Eve knew changed in that instant.
Because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, pain and suffering entered into the world. Forced out of Eden, Eve soon experienced the intense pain of childbirth. How quickly, sin became rampant in this fallen world. Within one generation, the very first murder took place. Cain, angry with God, took his frustration and rage out on his brother and sin simply became a part of the world. Moreover, it is still true today. We live in a fallen world, full of people who are sin-sick and need a Savior.
God knew that Eve would fail, and Adam would quickly follow, but He had given them free choice. He wants each one of us to come to Him willingly. We are not controlled, or manipulated. We are not robots who are helpless at the whim of our master. When sin is exposed in our life, we have one of two choices to make. Either, we see our need for a Savior and allow the Lord to use it in our life; or we turn, tuck tail, and run the other way refusing to admit that sin is destroying us. Those are the only two choices. There is no fence! We cannot stand with one foot in the world and one foot in the kingdom of God. It is not a half and half decision. On our own, we will totally and completely fail and fall flat on our face and hopeless.
Yet, the Lord did not leave us hopeless. He promised a way to salvation and redemption. He promised to send His own Son, Jesus, to make a way of deliverance for our sin-weary souls. His promises are just as true today as they were thousands of years ago. Jesus came as the Spotless Lamb of God and carried ever sin and trespass to the cross for you and me. He carried the burdens of our sins upon His shoulders. As we cry out with the prayer of repentance, He frees us from the pain and agony of our past. Do we still fall short of walking a holy life? Yes, we are still human and live in a fallen world. However, we now have an Advocate who meets us when we cry out. We have a hope for our future.
I pray you remember this: He hears your cries, sees your pain and suffering. The Words states that He catches your tears and places them in a bottle. Every single tear is precious to our Lord and Savior. He knows your heart and hurts with you. He is always by your side even at those times you feel deserted. When your heart cries out, He hears you. His answer is on the way, but like a parent sometimes the answer is yes, or no. Therefore, there is one final question. Are we willing to accept the ‘No’; even when our heart is screaming “No, God, that’s no how it should be!” As hard as it is, no matter how much it breaks our heart to accept His answers, we must be willing because in the long run “Father really does know best!”