Where Is God In The Midst Of This Financial Crisis?
Sept. 20, 2009
Some of our listeners have suffered great losses during this financial crisis: Foreclosure
Loss of retirement or savings
Most of the victims of this collapse didn’t do anything to deserve it.
And, those who claim to trust in God have suffered right along with all the rest.
So, it is fair to ask, “Where is God in the midst of this financial crisis?” “Does He care?” “Why would He allow His followers to suffer?” And, as the atheists would be quick to add, “Does God even exist?”
This is actually a variation of the classic question, “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people.”
This, by the way, is the leading argument of atheists.
Everyone knows that there is much pain, suffering, and injustice in the world.
Natural disasters, human cruelty, wars, disease, slavery, child molestation, and countless other evils plague the human race.
If there is a good God, why does He allow these things?
I should mention that we did devote an earlier program to a similar topic, “The Problem of Pain.” All of our programs are archived on the church website, along with show notes and links.
Pollster George Barna : “If you could ask God one question and knew he would give you an answer, what would you ask?” the top response (17 percent) was, “Why is there so much pain and suffering?”2
C.S. Lewis wrote the classic book on this subject. He began the book by saying, “Not many years ago when I was an atheist, if anyone had asked me, ‘Why do you not believe in God?’ my reply would have run something like this: ‘Look at the universe we live in…’
He then catalogued the vast coldness of a dying universe, the violence on Earth, the crime, war, disease, terror, and the fear of death. He went on to explain that God’s creation was good, but it was spoiled by sin, and in spite of that, He still provided a deliverance from sin for those who would receive it.
The Problem of Pain (Online)
One of the leading apologists of our generation is Lee Strobel, who was also an atheist before his dramatic conversion to Christianity. He summarized the issue in three logical points:
(1) human suffering came about not because God wants to hurt people but because they abused their free will;
(2) although suffering isn’t good, God can use it to accomplish good. He does this by using it to pull people toward salvation, sharpen their character, and discipline them for their own good; and
Greater closeness in families (some fall apart instead).
Learning the lost arts of budgeting, thrift, generosity.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
The entire Book of Job – About a godly person who was tested greatly but remained true to the Lord and was rewarded for it.
Genesis 50:20 –Joseph: “You meant it for evil, but God meant it for good;
Romans 8:28 - God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him.
1 Peter 1:6-8
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
(from New International Version)
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
(from New International Version)