Monday, April 7, 2008
Something from Zondervan
If God is sovereign—meaning there is no authority higher than him—then technically all things are at the least "allowed." But to say no more than this is to suggest that God coolly and dispassionately scans the list of possibilities for the day, checking off those he will permit and those he will not. Where in such theology is the outrage of God, his anger toward the evil that mars his good creation? Where is the indefatigable determination to root out all that sets itself up against his dream of love and goodness for the world? Where are the tears Jesus wept for his dead friend Lazarus?
Are we to assume that when Jesus was sweating blood in Gethsemane, begging the Father for a way out, God on high looked down with indifference and said, "Sorry, Jesus. I'm allowing it."? Or did he ache with his Son? Did he sweat blood with him? Did he grieve over the lack of alternative options? Yes, in the end, God allowed it. Fine. But he did not do so easily. We cannot experience as good any God who says okay to tragedy without a stabbing pain in his own heart. And thankfully, we need not try, for this is not our God.
An excerpt from : When Answers Aren't Enough: Experiencing God as Good When Life Isn't by Matt Rogers