Adam’s Devotional – August 22-28, 2019

From Adam…

Why do bad things happen to good people?  Did you know that God actually answers this question?  That’s right . . . the question that plagues our minds and frustrates our souls, God actually answers.  But as with many of the Divine responses . . . it’s more than we bargained for and creates more curiosity than clarity.  God’s answer to “Why do bad things happen to good people?” is to become a good person that bad things happen to. God’s response to the question is to join us in the asking. God’s response is to put on human flesh, lie in the manger, live in creation, and die on a cross. God’s response is actually the Sunday school answer: Jesus. Remember Jesus cries out from the cross, “My God, my God, why . . .”, “MY GOD MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?” God knows what it’s like to be godforsaken. Crazy, right? The problem is, we don’t want that answer.  We want an answer that we can comprehend, understand, and file away for whenever and however tragedy and trauma strike.  But God’s answer isn’t that.  It’s a person.  The person of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, God incarnate, Who is dying to love us. Who is asking “Why do bad things happen to good people– why do bad things happen to me?” to love us.  Who is being forsaken for the sake of loving us and not leaving us alone in the asking. God’s up to something . . . be a part of it.   

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