Poor ‘ole God gets blamed for so very many things He had nothing to do with. His plan for Man is that we live in our own way, our government, our decisions, and our culture. Those 70 years give us enough time to make up our minds to follow God’s principles or not. The results become ours. And because He does not interrupt our lives, our nations, our wars, unless we make a federal case out of it, we blame Him.
Not so fast. We can’t live in free will at one point and then insist that God step in. We can’t have it both ways. What God does is to listen to our honest prayers and then provide an impact on life wherever we have made ourselves available to His will. The result is that God is able to make something good come out of evil. He always does.
Good comes out of every war
I would have preferred to have never lived through the 2nd World War. Millions of souls were lost, not to mention the awful loss of property, animals, destruction of families, and refugees. But God was able to make something good out of it all. He had promised that the Jews would return to their ancient homeland at some point in history (Isaiah 11:11) and that war, and the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, sufficiently embarrassed the European nations to arrange for the Israelis to return. They’ve had a hard time keeping the peace but they are still holding on to their land.
No one was happy about the Korean War, cutely referred to as a “police action,” but the long range results were that South Korea is the strongest Christian nation in the Pacific Rim and the major missionary nation to the orient. South Korea is wildly prosperous and when it is forced to revive North Korea, a nation that knows no equal for evil and loss, the nation will have the wherewithal to do it.
President George Bush gets a pile of grief for going into Iraq, but it is a strong and prosperous nation and will get on its feet as soon as internal enemies are eliminated. They have money in the bank! We have the same hope for the Kurds in the North who have for generations been treated badly and yet are the best hope for any group stuck in a Muslim enclave of nations.
God’s plan for earth is that all men should be saved. That they are not is not God’s fault. God has set up a system of salvation that man must follow, but in actual practice it is not all that hard. One single man, Abraham, thousands of years ago got it into his head that God was a personality who actually made the universe and everything in it. God was so impressed He visited him personally (Genesis 14) and the family of Israel, and God’s precious people began there. So if you, or some unsaved friend believe God is the creator, you are half way there.
God usually takes bad situations and bails them out. I was nearly killed as a child, removed from the home and sent to a private school. I received a scholarship to an Ivy League College and my life changed permanently and forever. I suspect nothing like this could have happened otherwise. God can take anything and reform it. And it all happened without me being any the wiser for the events that brought this on.
This isn’t Pollyanna stuff. We are not trying to make silk purses out of sows’ ears. But we must not assume that God is a “deist” off somewhere ignoring man and his systems. Nor is He under any compulsion to inform us ahead of time. He has a whole set of plans for you, me and our universe of which we as yet have only a few hints.
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