We can meditate on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.
ALL things work together for the good of those who Love God and are called according to God’s purpose, Amen
You were known in the womb! You are here! You have a reason, a way – The Way! The TRUTH and Life…
This may sound like a LOT, but is simply is fact.
Everything that happens in this world happens at the time God chooses. He sets the time for birth and the time for death, the time for planting and the time for pulling up, the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down and the time for building. He sets the time for sorrow and the time for joy, the time for mourning and the time for dancing, the time for making love and the time for not making love, the time for kissing and the time for not kissing. He sets the time for finding and the time for losing, the time for saving and the time for throwing away, the time for tearing and the time for mending, the time for silence and the time for talk. He sets the time for love and the time for hate, the time for war and the time for peace. What do we gain from all our work? I know the heavy burdens that God has laid on us. He has set the right time for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does. So I realized that all we can do is be happy and do the best we can while we are still alive. All of us should eat and drink and enjoy what we have worked for. It is God’s gift. I know that everything God does will last forever. You can’t add anything to it or take anything away from it. And one thing God does is to make us stand in awe of him. Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again.
Some say no, others yes, and a good many folks scratch their heads and answer: “I don’t know but I’d like to know.” A diligent Bible study group that has been meeting for 40 years early on Friday mornings asked me to come and address this question, one which has tickled their little gray cells and enlivened their conversation.
Let’s begin with those who say “no.” Nicholas Clairmont entitled his post: “No, Everything Does Not Happen for a Reason. Thank God for that.” He wrote: “‘Everything happens for a reason’ is my very least favorite thing for someone to say. It is bad philosophy, bad theology, bad thinking, and bad advice. It manages to combine the maximum of ignorance with the maximum of arrogance.” Veronica Neffinger, writing from a Christian perspective, quotes John Pavlovitz, who “explains that while God certainly gives our lives meaning, the idea that everything we suffer, all the horrible experiences we’ve ever endured, have a purpose and meaning is actually harmful to our Christian walk.”
Chances are we have all heard the “yes” people who express the opinion that everything does happen for a reason, often hoping what they say will comfort and console those going through seemingly senseless suffering. The “got questions” blog asks: “Is it true that everything happens for a reason?” The answer: “There are several known factors that help us to answer this question: the law of cause and effect, the law of grace, and the doctrine of providence of God. These factors demonstrate that everything does happen for a reason, not just by happenstance or by random chance.”
How do we answer this question? First, from a literal standpoint, everything does happen for a reason. There is a cause and effect, clearly seen in natural law. The “reason” for happenings may be natural, willful, medical, accidental, or providential, though we must not jump to the conclusion that everything that happens has a providential reason orchestrated or micro-managed by God!
Sometimes it is pure chance, like when a person falls off a roof (accidental) or someone contracts an infectious disease (medical). While Islamic terrorists may claim beheading Christians is “willed by Allah,” we Christians do not believe God wills such atrocities. They arise out of evil impulses fed by such sins as out-of-control anger, arrogance, passion, pride, and prejudice.
To say “everything happens for a reason” is not Scriptural. It is not a quotation from the Bible, although some people think it is. Perhaps the closest text is Romans 8:28,where the Apostle Paul writes: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” This does not say or mean everything that happens to everyone has a reason planned or controlled by God. God works within His people and their circumstances to bring good out of even evil.
John Murray writes: “Many of the things comprised are evil in themselves and it is the marvel of God’s wisdom and grace that they, when taken in concert with the whole, are made [by God] to work for the whole.”
John MacArthur explains: “It is God’s providential power and will, not a natural synergism of circumstances and events in our lives, that causes them to work together for good.”
There are many things that do happen by random chance, real unforeseen, and unplanned accidents or incidents! Although there may have been no purpose behind what happened, no theological reason for what happened, God works within those often “unreasoned” tragic events or illnesses to bring His people through them.
As I’ve said before when tackling tough questions and concerns we must be ever so careful not to tread where angels fear to tread, not to let our own pride lead us into the missteps of Job and his friends! Job felt he had a right to know the “reason” for his overwhelming pain and suffering while his friends seemed utterly sure of the “reason” he was suffering. Both attitudes were prideful rather than faithful pursuits! We will discuss this point a little more in a follow-up article.
I have come to believe that humility is the doorway to God, while arrogance or excessive pride is a trap door through which we fall away from God! As is often visualized, Satan fell from Heaven to Earth because of its innate pride.
I have shared and will again. Each day, more and more, Hallelujah! The closer I am to God (in every circumstance, both good and bad! The LORD shines through The AWESOME brightness in and through me! Amen)
We battle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers in the high places. High? As Man, Jesus stepped way down to be as Man, temporarily below and beneath the essences that God Created!
We are man. Yes! In the garden we dared The Essence of God. What we as Man did was disobey, ‘led’ Yes! But there are always temptations around us. Keep your eyes on Jesus! THE Author and FINISHER of our faith!
Confusing at first, but broken down it is perfectly clear! We were born in sin, we were known before we were born! Confusing I am aware. We were given redemption! Our price was payed willingly, Amen.
Whipped, Crowned with thorns, dehydrated and bled! That is not even a twinkle of what was done for you!
Convicts in that day were tied to as punishment for crimes! Jesus’ only crime was Love! Stepping down to be as you and me; dying like you and I! Being Risen as only God can do!
Arguments have raged though the ages.
We could research as I have, further:
So, what happened to Jesus? More in depth research: Joseph of Arimathea was, according to all four canonical gospels, the man who assumed responsibility for the burial of Jesus after his crucifixion.
As we read there has been so much used to apparently decimate the belief that Jesus died on the cross!
The wine soaked ‘sponge’, not breaking His legs? It goes on…
We could go on and on and on… My question to you is this! What do you believe? In Mathew Jesus asked the blind men if they believed He could heal them. After they said yes, He said “according to your Faith be it unto you.” … In other words, we cannot by an act of our will have faith, it has to be given to us by Jesus by way of the Holy Spirit working through us.
This again is marked in it’s relevance to our actions.