There are 1,440 minutes in a day. How many of those minutes do you spend giving thanks to God? Let me guess…not as many as you spend complaining. Am I right? Can I pry just a little more? When in pain, how many of those minutes do you spend in thanksgiving? Probably even less than when you aren’t in pain.
Doesn’t it seem like the more intense our pain is, the louder we complain? In fact, suffering and evil have become the most common complaint against God. Many question His goodness (maybe even His existence), accuse Him of mistreatment, and thus have become inconsiderate of His kindness to us.
Yes, I said His kindness. Remember, Jesus told us that God, “is kind unto the unthankful” (Luke 6:35). So, for all the naysayers out there, I want to take a moment to consider God’s kindness to us, the unthankful.
Let me begin by quoting Jesus again who said God, “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45). You have to admit; that’s very kind of Him to do. Now let me assure you that I’m not ignoring the reality that many people’s lives have been devastated by natural disasters, nor am I trifling with their pain. I’m merely pointing out that even, “the evil…and…the unjust” benefit from sunshine and rain. And you know what else? The good and the just also suffer in natural disasters.
When suffering, all of us are experts in considering and complaining about how imperfect life is. However, perhaps we should stop and consider God’s perfect gifts given to us (James 1:17).
For example, how many of us thank Him for the gifts of His Son and eternal life (John 3:16; Romans 6:23 I’ll say more about these gifts at another time). How about the blessings of family, friends, a good church home, the Word of God, ect.? Too many people are disappointed and angry with God because they’re too busy counting their burdens rather than counting their blessings.
However, if you’re still questioning the kindness of God, may I urge you to consider His patience with us. Now think about it; He’s never promised us a perfect life. But even when life is imperfect, we are still recipients of many blessings. But, still we complain, question Him, and accuse Him of mistreatment. It’s as if we feel we’re entitled to be blessed and if we’re not then we get angry with God. And despite the anger and rebellion the Bible tells us God, “is longsuffering to us-ward” (2 Peter 3:9). That is an act of kindness on God’s part.
That’s all the time I have for this week. I hope you are planning on being with us this Sunday, September 16th at 10:30 am as we will be considering the greatest proof that God does care about us.