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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Who Really Left?”
I find it both interesting and sad that people say God is unjust. Has God really forsaken His greatest of all creations? Doesn’t God have the strength or ability to achieve what needs to be done in our lives?
Here is their complaint, “Why doesn’t God act?” And their conclusion is that He’s either unwilling or unable to. The accusation is that God either doesn’t know what to do, or that He cannot do it. Or it could be even worse, that God is just too tired and doesn’t care.
Notice that it’s a self-centered complaint. They believe it’s all about them. They believe the world and everything and everybody revolves around them. But seeing that it obviously doesn’t, then something must be wrong, and that something is rather somebody, that is, God.
This was the complaint of Israel, and a complaint that the prophet Isaiah needed to deal with. “Why do you say, … ‘My way is hidden from the Lord, and my just claim is passed over by my God?’” (Isaiah 40:27)
And what Isaiah says is that not only is God our creator, but He is likewise our sustainer (Isaiah 40:28-31).
So how can we, or anybody say that God has forsaken us? How can we who are weak and sinful claim that an all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present, all-loving, and all-caring, holy and righteous God is unjust and has forsaken us?
Is it not the other way around? The Lord said that He will never leave us or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Hebrews 13:5).
Also, to redeem us and make us right with Him, the Father sent His Son to die so that we can have eternal life. Therefore, it isn’t God who has forsaken humanity, rather it’s the other way around; humanity has forsaken God.
So, if the problem is ours, what do we need to do? Stop trying to get God to see it from our point of view and start seeing it from His.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study