“Righteous are You, O LORD, And upright are Your judgments.”
One thing that we can never forget is that God is right in everything that He does. Every decision God makes is right. Every action that God performs is right. Every plan of God is right. He is perfectly pure and holy in all things. He is so far above us, separate, and different than us. His thoughts are above ours, and His ways are different that ours.
Recently we had the massive typhoon disaster and terrible earthquake in the far east that has killed thousands of people. We’ve seen tornadoes and terrible storms in our country as well. People have lost their lives. Many people look to the Lord and want to ask Him why. Only God can answer that question ultimately, but I know God was not caught by surprise when these disasters happened.
I believe that God is in complete control of everything that happens on this earth and in the universe, and God allowed these things to happen. It is His will for these things to happen. It may be judgement, those lives may be required of the Lord and their time is over, it may be God is sending a message that He is displeased with the nations. Only He knows for sure. Whatever the reason may be, everything He does is right and according to His will. We have to submit to His will and recognize that He is right in all things. Even when it comes to suffering.
Isa 45:7-9, “That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the LORD, do all these things.’”
Psalm 115:3, “But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.”
Jesus said in Matthew 10:29, “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will.”
If even sparrows cannot fall to the ground outside of God’s will, nothing else can happen on this earth outside of His will. We as human beings have a difficult time with the concept of God’s sovereingty. Many don’t like to accept that there someone who is in complete control, especially when God does things contrary to their opinion or understanding.
The example of Job is very important to understand. In Job 1:8 we read, “Then the LORD said to Satan, ‘Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?’ ” It is interesting to notice that God pointed out Job. It wasn’t Satan who went after him first. After all the sufferings of Job had taken place, and Job wants to question God about the things that had happened, God’s response to Him in Job 38:4 says, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” Ultimately, we do not know the mind of God, nor His infinite wisdom, His ways, His purpose, or His design. It is not our place to question Him or His purposes. We are the created, He is the creator and can do as He pleases. And He is right to do so.
As a Christian, I came to a point where I was confronted with this truth. Once I accepted it, submitted to God’s control and power (not that I was ever outside of it), and stood in awe and wonder at His great decisions, I felt like I crossed into a new spiritual understanding. God is glorified even in disaster. God is glorified even in the suffering we endure during this life time. We learn obedience, trust, and patience, and God is revealed in His omnipotence. Praise to His name, for He is right in all His ways.