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I’ve been learning over the last few months about suffering, why bad things happen, searching for an answer as to why God seems to be silent today.  You can find the first posts here.  Today I want to present the reason why I don’t believe that God is silent.  I believe he’s speaking loud and clear.  Those that have ears to hear, I pray that this brings you hope. 

Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live? ~ Ezekiel 18:23

God is good, holy, just, purposeful, powerful, merciful, kind, loving, faithful, true, infinite…the list goes on.  Those attributes never change, Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8, however, the way He deals with humanity does change.

In times past, God intervened often.  His power was manifested through signs, wonders, and unexplainable events that even went against the laws of nature, Ex 3:2, Ex 14:21, Josh 10:13

It should be obvious that He’s not doing those things today.  We don’t see burning bushes or waters being parted.  His will is still being fulfilled, it’s just that He changed the means by which that would be done. 

“God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation” ~ 2 Cor 5:19

Not imputing?!  You read that right.  God is not charging, judging, penalizing, or condemning  anyone because of their sin today.  That doesn’t mean that sin is okay.  What it means is all of the righteous judgment that should fall on us fell on the Lord Jesus Christ when he died on the cross some 2,000 years ago.

He didn’t die for anyone because they were “good”, he died for all of us because we were his enemies, Romans 5:10, Col 1:21. The power that takes a sinner, deserving of death, saves them from everlasting punishment, and makes them a saint, is the greatest power known to man.  It’s called Grace! Grace is echoing throughout the universe, being offered freely to all who believe in Christ’s finished work on the cross for them.

The longer God tarries, restraining himself from judgment, through the unbearable cries of the innocent, the longer God’s grace and offer of salvation can be preached, understood, received and trusted by hopeless sinners needing that salvation, bringing each person into his body, sealing them with his Holy Spirit forever and ever.

This is the Gospel of grace and the ministry of reconciliation that we, as believers, have been commissioned to tell people.  It’s not about making bad people good, it’s about making dead people alive in Christ! Gal 2:20  If the most atrocious dictator, the most vicious terrorist, the most heinous murderer, the most habitual liar, the most perverse child molester, or anyone else, including YOU is shut out from the offer of salvation during this dispensation, then His grace is not greater than our sin, Rom 5:20 and we have no hope.

He commends His love to you and saves you from his wrath. Rom 5:8-9, 1 Thess 1:10, 5:9

God’s most magnificent attribute today is His long suffering against all the evil and sin in this world for the purpose of saving humanity.  The fact that he doesn’t kill everyone of us magnifies His patience and grace.  We all deserve death.  None of us deserve His grace, and yet, he is not waiting for you to clean yourself up, Rom 5:8.  Even Peter recognized this.  After realizing that the kingdom was not coming as soon as he thought it was, wrote this:

And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 2 Peter 3:15

We suffer in this present evil world, along with God, so that we who know the gospel of the Grace of God can help make other people see this marvelous mystery more clearly in hopes that they come to the knowledge of the truth that is able to save them forever!  Titus 3:5

The question is not, “Where’s God?”  Nor is it, “Why is God silent?”  The question is “Do you hear what He IS saying?” The wages of sin is death, but the free gift is eternal life through Jesus Christ, Rom 6:23NOW is the day of salvation!  2 Cor 6:2

Those who put their faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, 1 Cor 15:1-4  possess the only provision for escaping God’s righteous judgment that will come in the last days.  You can have peace with God Rom 5:1 through faith in his finished work. 

I pray you believe the only gospel that can save you, today. 

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In my last post, I asked the legitimate question that people are asking: Where’s God?

Before I try to answer this question, let’s look back in history and see if we can figure out if God was speaking.

Lucifer, was the most beautiful being that God ever created, Ez 28:14-17,  but pride and haughtiness grew in his heart and brought forth the very first sin against God.  Part of the judgment against him, along with other fallen angels, was swift and immediate; they were thrown out of heaven, Is 14:12-19.  Their final judgment is yet to come, Rev 20:10

God was not silent.

Before Adam and Eve sinned, God warned of the consequences, Gen 2:17.  Part of His judgment was swift and immediate, but other parts were generously restrained and graciously postponed.  God provided a covering for them in their nakedness and shame, shadowing the grace that would come much later. A covenant promise was issued.  Gen 3:15-23

God was not silent.

Turn 3 pages in your Bible and suddenly more than 1600 years pass by.  God sees that the wickedness of man is so great there’s nothing else to do but to destroy everything, Gen 6:5-6.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord, Gen 6:8. Elsewhere, we learn that Noah was a preacher of righteousness, 2 Pet 2:5.  For 120 years, while he obeyed and built an arc, Noah warned people of God’s impending judgment.  God made a covenant with Noah and his family before the waters covered the earth. Gen 6:17-22 

God was not silent.

The next judgment is described in Gen 11:1-9. God instructed the descendants of Noah to disperse, scatter, multiply and fill the earth.  Instead, they stayed in one location and decided to build a tower.  God confounded their language as judgment for their disobedience. 

God was not silent.

Something interesting happens in Genesis 12.  Up to this point, God has been dealing with everyone on the planet as a whole, but here, we see that God chooses one man from among the people and makes a covenant promise of land, a great nation, and that his seed would be a blessing to all the families of the earth.  Abram (later Abraham) believed and his faith was counted as righteousness, Rom 4:9.  God began to speak often to and through the nation of Israel.  He gave them his law, directed men to speak on his behalf (prophets) and appointed kings to lead His nation.  For more than 4,000 years, God worked almost exclusively through the nation of Israel. That’s not to say that he never spoke with Gentiles, He did, but the Bible says He has not dealt with any other nation the way He has with Israel, Ps 147:19-20.

God was not silent in all those years until the period of time between Malachi and John the Baptist. 

I hope that you can see there’s a big difference between what God is doing now and what He did in times past.  Continue with me as we try to figure out why God seems to be silent today.

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Where’s God?

Before God rested on the seventh day of creation, He said it was very good! Gen 1:31.  Then sin entered and it marked the eternal, cataclysmic reign of death for all men. Rom 5:12  The entire universe continues to groan with atrophy and decay.  Evil and unrighteous deeds continue to get worse and worse. Jer 17:9, Rom 1:28-32, 2 Tim 3:1-7

The question is, why is God silent?  Why doesn’t he do something? “Lord, how long wilt thou look on?” ~ Psalms 35:17

In some vain way we think that bad things should happen to only bad people, and when they do, we attribute it to God’s judgment upon them.  But, why do bad things happen to good people?  Why do the innocent suffer?  That’s not fair!  Why doesn’t God at least stop the bad stuff from happening to the good people when it’s not their fault?

When entire cities find themselves in the middle of a hurricane, or some other natural disaster, people suffer.  Who’s fault is that?  Those cities are filled with both good and bad people, right?  Is this a one-judgment-fits-all decree?  What about the millions of innocent children who suffer at the hands of evil adults.  Why doesn’t God intervene? 

What about entire countries of people who live in poverty, filth, oppression, etc.  We can shield our free, affluent eyes from all of this but surely, heaven must see these atrocities, yet God is seemingly silent?  Why doesn’t he intervene to help these people?

What about a more narrow focus?  Do you need a healing from cancer, or some other disease?  You need to have faith in God.  You need to have patience.  You need to confess your sins.  You need to be good in order to receive a blessing back from him.  If you haven’t received your miracle yet, it must be on your religious end.  After all, everything that happens is for our good and his glory, (Rom 8:28 – taken out of context), right?  Where’s your miracle?

Here’s your verses for that day: Ecc 4:1-3  Solomon says that those who are dead are better off than those that have to live through the oppression without a comforter. 

Atheists reject the existence of God but blame Him for being evil, unloving, incompetent and powerless to right the wrongs being suffered by so many.  They’re angry because the god that they don’t believe in isn’t doing anything to fix it.  The Bible calls them fools.  Psalm 3:2, Ps 14:1, Ps 53:1.

What then?  Should God limit our freedoms and force his will upon those who inflict such suffering on others, or simply kill all the evil people in order to put an end to all suffering?  Be careful how you answer that one!  He did that once!  Rom 3:10-18, Gen 6:17

God was in the habit of intervening back in that day!  Hundred of miracles and interventions are recounted in the Old Testament and the Gospels.  When Jesus came, everyone got a miracle! Luke 9:6, Matt 9:35, Acts 5:15-16  Prophecy said it would happen!  After Christ’s death and resurrection He said, “All power is given unto me…” Matt 28:18  Even after the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost, miracles of healing continued in Christ’s name for a time.  Where is the manifestation of this power today?  If we’re living in the kingdom, as some would have us believe, where’s the king and his righteousness?  People are suffering.  Evil abounds.  God is silent.  What happened?  What changed?  Why?   There is an answer…

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