“GOD COULD HAVE PREVENTED IT”

“All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He (God) does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35). [These words come from the most powerful pagan ruler of the time – – King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon – – c. 600 B.C.]

Nebuchadnezzar

“But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay; for the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory…” (Romans 9:20-22)

 So often I hear people say, “God could have prevented it from happening.” Then why didn’t He? He could have prevented me from getting sick; He could have prevented the divorce; He could have prevented my job-loss; He could have …. The implication is that God should have done that (whatever).

So, let’s review a few responses from the Bible:

  • God is far smarter than any human or all humanity combined!
  • God is all wise and cannot make any mistakes!
  • Could it be that the fault does not lie with God, but with His creatures?
  • Has it not occurred to us that God may have had a good reason for what He has allowed or brought about?
  • Could it be that God can bring good from bad?
  • People who “get away with it” may only do so temporarily. But at the end of the day, they will be judged by the Almighty accordingly!
  • God is forever good, and man is totally dependent on God to save him!
  • THEREFORE, questioning God or blaming Him is NEVER a good idea! God could, if He so chooses, keep you from finding more fault with Him!

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6)

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