Disappointments With God

Some time ago I had several discussions with a very militant atheist gentleman regarding the existence of God. After a while it seemed like our conversations revolved around the same issues over and over again. I decided since we couldn’t get beyond recurring subjects, there is no point in continuing our conversations. A few days later a mutual friend told me that this gentleman was raised in a very religiously strict household and he is mad at God. Knowing that helped me to understand why he was so militantly opposed to the idea of God. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that most people who militantly oppose God, usually have had some sort of hurt or disappointing experience with God. Their problem is not in their heads it’s in their hearts. Sometimes when people go through experiences that does not fit with their understanding of who God is, they could become disillusioned with God. For some this disillusiment turns into hurt and from there into anger. These people put God on trial in their hearts and find him guilty. We could fall into the same trap. We all have the tendency to judge God based on the situations we face. We reason with ourselves, why would God allow this to happen to me? How can a God of love allow this? Where is God when I need him? We are trying to find the reasons for the situation, but the Bible says “the secret things belong to the Lord our God…” Deuteronomy 29:29. We really don’t need to know the reasons, we need to fully trust in God that He is here and He has seen fit to allow this situation to come to us. What we need to do is to judge the situations based on who God is. What that means is we need to face our situation and view them in light of who God is. God is here, He is faithful, and He will never leave us or forsake us. If He has seen fit that we should suffer for a while He has done no evil, we should trust him and go forward. Tough situations can either make us bitter at God or help us to become more like Jesus, it all depends on how we view the situation.

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