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At Garissa Part II Where to Take our Doubts

 

 

 

 

It’s a decision. Where do we take our doubts and questions?

We can keep them bottled up and stew in our own juices.

Or we can take them to Jesus.

It’s a decision.

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Pamoja! Together!

A word from Curt

Wow.  Yesterday, we began a three part essay on trying to understand evil and tragedy and God’s providence.

If you missed it, read At Garissa Part 1

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At Garissa Part II

What about Doubts?

As I look squarely at my questions on why God would allow a team of killers to murder nearly 150 Kenyan students due to their allegiance to Jesus (or lack of allegiance to Islam) I go back to a quote of another Jesus follower who bravely dealt with doubts and despair.

Charles H. Spurgeon, England’s “Prince of Preachers” was like me in being prone to depression. 

He is attributed with this statement:

God is too strong to be confused.

And too kind to be cruel.

So when I cannot trace his hand.

I simply trust his heart.

That’s where I’m at.

I do trust Him.

Jesus has never disappointed me in my forty-plus years of following him.

Like Peter, when the crowds began leaving Jesus, I have nowhere else to turn. “Master, we’ve left everything to follow you.  Where would we go? You have the words of life.”

Peter's "All In" moment in the boat with Jesus.  From Catholic Guesthouse in Goma, DR Congo.
Peter’s “All In” moment in the boat with Jesus. From Catholic Guesthouse in Goma, DR Congo.

Peter was all in.

No plan B.

The ships had been sold.

The decision made.

I have decided to follow Jesus.

No turning back, no turning back.

That’s where I’m at.

And I’m completely at peace with that.In spite of doubts, questions, and confusion.

No turning back.

No turning back.

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Village Huts

 Where do we take our doubts?

When we are shaken by the world, we run with our questions to God.

Like any good Father, he doesn’t mind our approach, even with our doubts and fears.

As a Dad, it never bothered me when our boys questioned us about a rule, event, or decision.

I think God is big enough to take on our questions.

After Brad Robinson’s untimely death during Summer 1999, a wise Christian counselor told our grieving Dry Creek Camp family,  “You’ve got lots of questions.  Take them to God.  He’s a big boy and can handle them.”

At first, her way of putting it offended me: “God’s a big boy.”

But her concept was right.  We take our questions to him.

He is big enough to take our doubts, fears, and words.

In fact, he wants to hear from us.

It doesn’t guarantee easy or quick answers.

But it’s a good place to take them.

And leave them.  (Not an easy task but a necessary one).

“Lord, I believe.  Help my unbelief.”  What a fine prayer by a desperate man who ran to Jesus for relief of a dying son.

It wasn’t swatted away by Jesus.

It was answered with grace and power.

Jesus.

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He’s the image of the invisible God whom I believe takes on our doubts in the same way.

Whether it’s a school tragedy in Kenya or Colorado.

A natural disaster in Nepal, Indonesia, or New Orleans, we can approach our Savior.

“Come unto me that you that are heavy-laden and I will give you rest.”

No answers are guaranteed but the peace of God, a peace that “passes understanding” is waiting.

At Garissa  Part 3 tomorrow:

Why does pure evil seem so rampant in Africa?

 

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