Seeds of Hope

Cherokee County Herald - - NEWS -

A reader re­cently wrote and asked a ques­tion that many of us ask at one time or an­other: “If there is a God, and if He is a good and lov­ing God, why does He al­low sin and suf­fer­ing?”

A sim­ple an­swer is that God gave each of us the op­por­tu­nity and re­spon­si­bil­ity to make and live with the con­se­quences. But there is a li­a­bil­ity that came with this free­dom. Even though we can make a poor choice, God will not in­ter­fere with our free­dom to make it. Un­for­tu­nately we all live with the choice that Adam and Eve made: it in­tro­duced sin into the world and we have to live with their choice.

But it seems that we all make de­ci­sions that are not in keep­ing with what is in our best in­ter­ests. Con­sider the case his­tory of Is­rael. The psalmist wrote, “My peo­ple would not lis­ten to me; Is­rael would not sub­mit to me. So I gave them over to their stub­born hearts.”

With­out choice there could be no love or lib­erty, grace or good­ness, car­ing or com­pas­sion. We are free to choose what is right and right­eous or what is de­struc­tive and dev­as­tat­ing. This is true of in­di­vid­u­als and na­tions alike. We have sin and suf­fer­ing be­cause of wrong choices.

And why do we make wrong choices? Again our psalmist has the an­swer: “If my peo­ple would but lis­ten to me, I would sub­due their en­e­mies.”

When­ever we walk in our own ways, in­di­vid­u­ally or as a na­tion, we will suf­fer from our “en­e­mies” — what­ever would de­feat or de­stroy us. God al­lows us that choice.

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