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Do You Question God’s Goodness?

October 18, 2021 Save Article

PRAY OVER THIS:

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

(Romans 8:18)

PONDER THIS:

Many people throughout history have questioned God’s goodness by pointing to the existence of sin and evil in the world. They may say, “Why didn’t God just make us where we couldn’t sin?” If God had made us where we couldn’t sin, He could have no more fellowship with me than I could have with an inanimate object. God made us moral creatures. Love is the highest good, and God wants us to love Him. Jesus said, “This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:38 KJV): “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37 KJV).

Love is the highest good, but forced love is a contradiction in terms. Forced love is not love at all. In order to love, we must be free to love and to choose to love. In order to choose to love, we have to be able to choose not to love. And so, God gave us perfect choice. Adam chose in the Garden of Eden, and the sons of Adam after him, to sin. That’s where the brokenness of the world comes from.

  • When was a time you questioned God because of the brokenness you saw in the world?
  • How are you encouraged or challenged by the truth that God loves us enough to let us choose to love Him or not? How can you relate to this act of love in your own relationships with others?

PRACTICE THIS:

Take time today to think on several reasons that you love God and consider how those things have been revealed to you throughout your life.

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