Saturday, October 20, 2007

Still Sovereign

So, these are the kinds of things that make me question--maybe not so much God's sovereignty, but His love. I don't know Charity, though I've visited her blog occasionally. I guess she's basically around my age. She's been diagnosed with cancer and had some very invasive surgery because of it. I don't understand why God allows these things. Really. And sometimes the doctrines I was just talking about the other day seem austere and uncompassionate.

But that doesn't mean they're not true, I guess. Charity herself says,

I am so thankful to have wrestled with the Lord all summer so he could remind me that he is NOT my adversary but my friend and comforter. He is for me and will guide me through these hard days too.

I don't think I would, at this point in my journey, have the fortitude to say something like that, having received news like that. But I'm inspired. And I have a hunch that she's right.

7 comments:

Annelise said...

I think Chris' comment on an earlier blog about the cross of Christ helps put God's sovereignty into perspective. His love may not always look like love to us, but when we focus on the cross, we are reminded of the depth of His love for us.

Marty said...

Hi Jenn! Sorry we missed Starbucks today. Lonnie was busy and I became sick. Yuk!

Craver Vii said...

I don't completely understand why God allows some things to happen. But what comforts me is that God has a thorough knowlege of the situation. He can see it from every angle, as well as everything else that is going on at the same time, and what led up to it, and even the stuff that hasn't happened yet. And I know that if He somehow allowed me to know all those things without my head exploding, that I would not be able to suggest anything better. So there may be times that I suffer or agonize over another person's suffering, but I guess I have never been able to understand the idea of shaking one's fist at heaven. There is a peace in trusting Him enough not to always need an answer.

Jenn said...

Mom--it's so true. It's just sometimes that sounds like "only" a story and not The Story, and therefore not necessarily part of reality--even if I know it is, really, the only reality.

Marty--no prob. I wasn't there either!

Craver--you're absolutely right. But I think some of us are wired to be fist-shakers. I mean, I'm not trying to make excuses, and I really am trying to do less of that activity, but I do think there's some Biblical precedent . . .

Craver Vii said...

Okayyyyyy, but we can also show a biblical precedent for polygamy or divorce, but neither is encouraged. On the other hand, fear of the Lord is.

Jenn said...

Craver--I suppose so. But if we continue this discussion, I might start, you know, waving my fist at you. ;)

dave grosser said...

Some biblical precedents for being an importunate fist shaker:
- Moses
- Job
Both were reprimanded for their failure to see the big picture, yet both received high marks for righteousness in many biblical passages, as persons who lived faithfully before God...
- Oh, and there's the woman in Jesus' parable asking for justice from her landlord, whom we can infer Jesus is telling us to be like.

Agree that God sees the big picture. Agree that it is foolish to disagree with his sovereignty. But also believe that angry but engaged communication with God is better than disengaged communication, or no communication with God.

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