God’s Will and What Happens to Me is not a great title for a Bible class, but it needs to be clear. It doesn’t take very long walking through the pages of Scripture to see that God is in control of everything. And I mean everything. As in – there is no luck, no karma, no chance. Our God controls everything. Is that a comforting thought? We’re walking through the book of Job in our daily Bible readings right now. Not only does God allow the tragedy of Job’s life to happen, he SUGGESTS Job to Satan as an object of temptation and evil. The first two chapters of Job – to me, a redeemed child of God (I don’t fear the fires of hell) – are the most frightening in all of Scripture.
In our Bible study we consider how God cooperates or allows evil to happen in the world – all the while, preserving our perfectly righteous God. A gun with a bullets coming out of the barrel graces the cover of our Bible study this week. When someone points a gun at a person for any reason and pulls the trigger, God participates in the action in that the laws of physics exists and God doesn’t stop the bullet, but that doesn’t mean our God wanted that to happen.
The danger is when people start to assume evil intent from our holy God. The Bible is clear. James 1:13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; There are plenty of terrible events that happen in our world and in our own lives on a daily basis. None of those are God’s will.
Want to hear more? Watch this week’s lesson from our series, The Will of God: God’s Will and What Happens to Me.
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