Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fallen

I was in a car accident a couple of years ago. Three cars were involved because someone was in a hurry and thought that cutting across traffic in peak hour would be a good idea. As accidents go I guess it wasn’t a major one. No one was killed or seriously injured, although I did suffer a neck injury and had to go to physiotherapy for 6 months. One car was scrapped, my car was in the repair shop for over two months and we were all shaken up for a long time.

I had to question God. Why did this have to happen? He could have prevented it. He could have ensured I wasn’t there in that lane at that time. He is all powerful after all. He is supposed to protect me. He is supposed to love me. So, why? Did I do something wrong?

Well of course I did something wrong. I continually do the wrong things, and even think the wrong things. I am not perfect and will never be perfect. Only Jesus was and is perfect. And it’s a mighty good thing for all of us that perfection is not a condition of God’s love or even of his saving Grace.

God doesn’t punish us when we fail to be good people. Bad things happen to the righteous and the wicked alike. Bad things happen to the innocent and the guilty. Bad things happen because we live in a fallen world. We all have the freedom to make choices both good and bad. Bad things happen as a consequence of our poor decisions, our pride, our self-reliance. When anyone moves away from God bad things will happen and everyone around them will feel the effect. This is why we must always humbly rely on God in everything so that our influence on others is only good and uplifting and strengthening.

3 comments:

Anastasius Widjaya said...

Yes, i agree that God never punish us when we fail to be good. because His grace is still continue in our live. But not for a long time we fail to be good. because The Holy spirit still guide us to be good person. Anyway nice testimony God bless you

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Bad things also happen to us even when we do not do anything wrong. Others do wrong, and it harms us in turn. That is also free will. But God stands by, waiting to turn bad into good. At least, that is what I have found to happen in my life.

Lynda Young said...

Anastasius - to expand on what you are saying, I'd like to add that we are made perfect in God's sight when we accept Christ into our lives. We still make mistakes, we still stumble, but we are forgiven and those sins will no longer end us.

Elizabeth - absolutely! That's exactly what I was trying to convey in this post. This is such a huge topic to tackle. There are so many different definitions of words...such as the word, perfect. We aren't perfect, BUT God makes us perfect through his saving grace. Even the words innocent and good have a different worldly definition than the Godly meanings. None of us are innocent. All of us have sinned. None of us can be good all of the time, no matter how hard we try. And yet, when we compare ourselves to criminals we are good. But really we shouldn't compare ourselves to anyone except Jesus. As I said, it's a HUGE topic.
Hmm, maybe I should have saved this for another devotional post ;)