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I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and I create evil (calamity); I am the Lord, Who does all these things. Isaiah 45:7 AMPDo we believe it? How do we rationalize what God has written here? We like to believe he makes peace, and we can buy into the idea of him ALLOWING bad things to happen in order that he turns them into good things and shows his power and might. But, do we actually believe that he CREATES calamity?
That can't be right...A good God wouldn't make bad things happen. He just wouldn't. We must be interpreting this wrong.
But, let's consider what Jesus said to the disciple who told Jesus that he (Jesus) didn't have to die.
Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You." But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God's interests, but man's." Matthew 16:22-23 ESVReally, Jesus? Just because Peter didn't want you to die, you're going to call him "Satan"?
How many times have I told God that his plan wasn't right? How many times have I blasphemed him by attempting to question his decisions, his plans? How many times have I candy-coated the "calamity" that God has orchestrated in my life because it is sometimes too hard to understand? But when the situations he puts me in "please" me, oh, well...then I'm ALL about giving him glory.
Who do I think I am?What right do I have to even begin to pretend to understand God's ways? My daughter is legally blind, she is a cancer survivor, she is going to have heart surgery to repair her ASD. If I am faithful, if I am trusting, if I am who I believe I am in Christ; then my only response to these circumstances, which (according to Isaiah 45:7) God created, SHOULD be,
"Thank you, Father~We are not worthy~You alone are God."I love the podcasts by Jesus Culture. In their podcast titled "Leading through Weakness", Banning Liebscher speaks about the popular beatitude: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:3).
The word used for "poor"; ptochos, when in reference to the "spirit," as it is here means:
destitute of wealth of learning and intellectual culture which the schools afford (men of this class most readily give themselves up to Christ's teaching and proved them selves fitted to lay hold of the heavenly treasure.)In other words, blessed are those who have NO CHOICE but to depend on God. As Banning Liebscher says regarding this:
God tells us that we cannot inherit the Kingdom of Heaven unless we are poor in spirit, so, since he's such a good God he says, "I'm gonna help you out." God puts us in circumstances that require us to depend solely on him so we can eventually see the Kingdom of Heaven.Wow. That makes me see my "burdens" in a much different light. These "calamities" are what keep me anchored in God because I CAN'T do it without him. Evie's WAGR Syndrome keeps us from wandering too far because there is NO WAY we could face our trials if we didn't depend on him for peace and strength.
According to a footnote in the Amplified Bible for Isaiah 45:7,
"Moral evil proceeds from the will of men, but physical evil proceeds from the will of God."
I need to remember that, as loving as my Heavenly Father is; he is still God, he still carries wrath, and he has an unfathomable amount of power. God is sovereign, he is just, and he alone is worthy of all my praise, honor and glory.
Pray: Thank you, Father God, for making me poor in spirit. Thank you for being in charge of the good and the bad. Thank you for loving me in spite of my human desire to praise you only for the good you do~forgive me for the times that I let my flesh decide to irreverent and blasphemous of your power and might. Thank you for our times of peace, and thank you for our times of calamity. They all belong to you; for your write our stories; and you alone are God.