WHY IS LIFE THIS WAY? A STORY OF UNFAIRNESS AND NECESSITY

Often, as Christians we tend to question why certain things occur. More often than not it is those things we consider disagreeable that we question; it is almost as if we feel like we are getting treated unfairly. However, we fail to remember that we truly deserve only one thing, and that is death. While we may consider some things in life unfair, what we need to remember is that anything short of death should be considered merciful. Romans 5:12 states, "Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all have sinned." Can we call it unfair that man gets what he deserves for sinning against a Holy God?

Even rough paths lead somewhere.

This raises the question, "Is it God's will that these 'unfair' things happen to us?" First, we will define that which is the 'will'. The 'will', simply put, is that by which the mind chooses anything, meaning that the will signifies nothing but the power or ability to prefer or choose. So God's will would be that which He chooses to cause, or to allow. Back to the question of whether or not it is God's will for 'unfair' things to occur in our lives. Perhaps the better way to ask that question would be, "Does God choose to cause or allow bad things to happen in our lives?"

Prov 16:9 states that "A man's heart devises his way: but the Lord directs his steps."

God's will includes choosing the direction of our lives.

Psalm 33:9-11 says, "For he spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the people. But the plans of the LORD stands firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations."

God's will includes Him choosing to stand against nations and generations.

Lamentations 3:27 "Who has spoken and it came to pass, unless the Lord has commanded it?"

God's will includes Him choosing things that are to come.

Isaiah 55:8-11 tells us more about this, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."

God's will includes Him choosing to accomplish His purpose.

"He is in control", a statement made by God fearing Christians everywhere, is said both confidently and emphatically, yet we balk at the depth of its content. Our prideful hearts wants to say, "He is in control sometimes", or "He is in control when it doesn't hinder my free will". Man has a will, but man's will is not free in the sense that it can choose outside the realm of God's will; man's will can only choose from the choices he is given. Is it your will that adversity comes into your life? No. Well if your will is free, then choose for the content of your day to change. Choose to have no more struggles in life, or choose to live without sin for just one day. No? Exactly, because it is not you that is in control, it is Him and Him alone. If it comes down to a battle of the wills, your will against the will of God, there is only one way that battle can go. Just ask Jonah.

Isaiah 46:10 says, "Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure."

What part of our existence doesn't fall between the beginning and the end? What part of His pleasure will be done? All of it. It was settled from the beginning because He is in control.

We do what's best for our children, and it us usually against their will, yet we have no problem with this.

What about all of the evil that comes into our lives though, does God cause it? What about all of the adversity that bogs us down in our spiritual walk, is God the source of this? We know that He will do as He pleases, but Psalm 5:4 tells us that "God does not take pleasure in wickedness, and that evil will not dwell with us." We know in Romans 8:28 He tells us that "All things work together for the good of those who are called according to His purpose", and as we saw earlier about His purpose being accomplished, we can begin to view the bad things in a different light. We can view them as necessary.

When Eve was tempted in the garden, was she tempted by God? Not at all, yet He allowed the temptation to occur. Why? Because it was His choice to allow it to happen; He had a plan. When Job endured all of the horrible things that Satan brought upon him, was this God tempting him to sin? No, but He allowed it to happen to further His plan in the manner that He saw fit. Knowing that He is truly in control, and knowing that His plan will be accomplished can give us more confidence in the every day happenings of life. These things are necessary in order for us to become who He has planned for us to be. Every temptation, every tragedy, every joy, every sorrow, every aspect of life that we encounter is either caused by or allowed by God Himself. In the book of Jeremiah, another example is given of God's purpose for the various things in our lives. In verses 11-12 of chapter 29 He says,

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an EXPECTED end. Then ye shall call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you".

Things happen because God has an expected end, and as the earlier verses stated, his purpose will be accomplished. The gospel in its entirety has been accomplished only because things that were necessary came into being. In Jesus' life alone it was necessary that He leave His home in glory to live as a man here on earth, it was necessary that He be crucified in order to pay the penalty for our sins, and it was necessary that He be resurrected from the dead in order to conquer death and reign as Lord of Lords. Luke 24:46 makes it perfectly clear that this was the case by saying,

"Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day…".

The word "behoved" is translated from the Greek word dei, which means it is necessary (as binding). This means that the act had a cohesive effect in that it bound things previously done with things that were to come; it had to happen. In short, the act was completely and utterly necessary in order for God's plan to come to fruition.

How many acts occur in a day's time that are as necessary as this one? Who can know? What we can know, is that the accomplishing of a necessary act calls for a sovereign and omnipotent God that controls the very fabric of our existence, and holds it together with His own perfect will. Who am I to question His motives and reasons? Where was I when He brought into existence the very pillars of creation? It's not that we are insignificant, contrarily speaking we are the elect, and that is significant. It is not that we have no will, it is that our will is influenced by an internal source, and that is why we pray, "Not my will, but thy will be done." When we pray this, we do so because we know that His will is perfect, and ours is flawed. Our will is selfish at best, but His will works all things to the good, even when it does not seem like it to us. Next time life seems to be spiraling out of control and nothing makes sense, just hear Him whisper 'Peace, be still', and know that life is controlled chaos that bends to the will of the Master. When things are necessary…..they just cannot be any other way.

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