Thoughts to Ponder

"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die."
John 11:25

Sometimes I don't understand God.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

There are lots of things about God that I don't understand. I don't understand why He created man even though He knew ahead of time what we would be like. I don't understand why He would become one of His creation and suffer physical pain and discomfort and even death for a creation that rejected Him in the first place.

There is no way for us to understand what Jesus went through on the cross. The physical part, yes we can get a handle on that. In fact for a detailed description of what the physical pain must have been like, described by a Doctor click here Doctor's Account. But this is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the separation of the Father and Son. Even though they are separate yet they are one, we call this the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). This is beyond the human mind to comprehend but we can accept it. What pain and suffering Jesus must have endured when God the Father turned away from Him because of our sins.

Why would God do that? Why go through this when He could have just made us do His will and worship Him in the first place? Why not strike dead anyone who uses His name if vain, right then and there on the spot? That would stop it pretty quickly. Why allow people to mock Him and His plan of salvation?

Why give people chance after chance after chance? Why not punish the evil right here on this earth? Boy wouldn't this be a nice place if He just destroyed all those sinners?

This reminds me of a short story I read in High School. It was about a couple who had a visitor one evening. The visitor brought them a funny looking machine and placed it on their kitchen table. There was a bright red button on the top of the machine. The couple was told that if they pressed the red button they would be given $1,000,000 but the catch was that someone would die, if they did not press the button for one year they would receive $10,000.

The couple talked about what it would be like to have the million dollars but they did not want to be the cause of anyone's death. Several months went by and they looked at the machine everyday. Finally one day they decided that they wanted the money, after all they did not know who was going to die or even if anyone was really going to die. They pressed the button and in about an hour a man came to the door of their house and handed them a check for one million dollars. He then picked up the machine and started to leave. The wife could not stand it anymore, she asked who it was that had died when they pressed the button. The man turned to them, smiled and said, "the last person who had the machine and pressed the button."

It is pretty easy for us to want God to punish those doing evil around us, but do we remember that we are no better than them? There but for the grace of God go I. No man can make it into heaven on his own good works, only by the grace and blood of Jesus Christ. Instead of asking God to punish the sinners around us we should ask God to deal with them and open their eyes and hearts.

Punishment will come all too soon for many people. As I said I don't understand why God is the way He is, but I sure am glad that He is. I'm very glad that He did create us and that He did give us free choice. If we had no choice. If we were sinless and worshiped God because we could do nothing else, we would be nothing but slaves. Yet if we chose to serve God on our own, it is a wonderful experience. As Jesus Christ said the road is narrow and rough but if you keep your eyes on the reward it is well worth it. We see that in our everyday lives, those things that we struggle to obtain are much more satisfying then those that are handed to us.

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