“Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord God, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?” Ezekiel 18:23
People often blame God when very bad things happen in the world and cast doubt on his faithfulness and ability to heal the sick or stop major atrocities. I believe that God is a good father who loves us and wants the very best for us. And in order for us to stay under his covering and protection, we have to walk in obedience and maintain a relationship with him.
Very often we want to live life on our own terms and choose the parts of the bible that we want to obey for example. But we cannot expect all the blessings without the obedience and submission. The reality that we have to come to terms with is that God is not a convenience store where we select the items we want and leave the rest on the shelf. The commandments in His word are there for a reason and His laws are there to protect us.
There are spiritual laws that govern the universe and it is because God knows the outcome of some actions that he warns us to stay away from them. This isn’t because he is a grumpy old man who wants to ruin all the fun and make us live boring lives. In the same way that parents warn children to stay away from some behaviours because they are old and wise enough to know the outcome.
God knows the end from the beginning and his ways are higher than our ways and his thoughts than our thoughts. Isaiah 46:10; 55:8-9 God’s wisdom is infinite and He is all powerful and all knowing.
“Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”Romans 11:34 Our duty is to fear God and keep his commandments, submit to him and walk in obedience and trust that he loves us and cares for us. God cannot be tempted by evil and he is not the cause of evil around us but the safest place for us to find rest and peace is in the will of God.