Have you noticed today that God seems to get blamed for just about everything that He DOESN’T do, but no credit for what He DOES do? What do I mean by that? Well, God is the Creator of the Universe, He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, He is the ALMIGHTY GOD! He is only good, and there is nothing evil that He has ever done! Yet, we have insurance policies that call hurricanes, floods and destruction “acts of God!” These destructive events CAN NOT be “acts of God!” At least, not God the Father! They are, rather, the acts of the “little” g-o-d of this world system. (2 Cor. 4:4) Jesus said that satan is the one that has come to “steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10), He went on to say that He (Jesus) is come to “give life, and that more abundantly!” (John 10:10) So, if an event deals with stealing from anyone, whether it is stealing things, stealing health, or whatever… then it must be satan! It most certainly is not my Father, God! If something kills… like disease, war, famine… it has to be satan! It is not God! If something destroys… like Hurricane Katrina, or the tsunami that occurred earlier this past year… it was satan! IT WAS NOT GOD!
People that blame God for these kinds of things simply don’t know Him! Now, you may say, “But I know Christians that believe that God did these things!” Yes, I am sure that you do. And they may even be actually, factually, born again. However, I can assure you that they don’t have a CLOSE relationship with God. Here’s what I mean. You can be a child of someone and not know them very well. Their are people that have not even known their fathers since they were very young! They are in every way children of their fathers, they are related to them, but they don’t have a close RELATIONSHIP with them. They don’t know how they think, what their opinions are, how they are likely to react in a given situation. BUT… they are their children! So it is with some Christians… they have trusted God with their eternal salvation. They have received Jesus as their Lord, but they have not drawn close to God, they haven’t gotten to KNOW Him! If they had, they would know that God doesn’t kill, steal, or destroy! They simply don’t know him that well.
But if you will drawn nigh to God, He will draw nigh to you! (James 4:8) You CAN get to know Him that well. You can develop a close, personal relationship with Him. Then when you hear people malign God’s character, you will feel about it the way you would feel if they were saying those things about your earthly father (if you have a good relationship with him.) God is a friend that sticks closer than a brother… or earthly father! (Prob. 18:24)