We think that God is not the one who gives us disaster or calamity. Rather, we may think that our suffering is due to our folly or our sins. However, the Bible tells us that God created light and darkness, and that God also created prosperity and disaster. This means that even bad times are within the providence of God.
After the destruction of Israel, the Israelites looked back on their time of disaster. And they thought it was the result of their sins. And they believed that if they returned to God, they could find the joy and peace of the past again. But Isaiah says that our bad times are not the only result of our iniquities. He teaches us that everything that happens to us is within the providence of God.
We cannot understand why God allows disaster. Sometimes we want to believe that God who is good doesn't allow us to suffer. But suffering is also under God's providence. Even though we cannot fully comprehend God's providence, God uses suffering for His good will for us.
What are your thoughts on suffering? Do you believe that even such suffering is under God's providence? How have you experienced God's peace in the midst of suffering?
Pastor Yosub Namgung
Reading for this week: August One Year Bible Readings - One Year Bible Online