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God, freewill and problem solving

So many people leave the Lord because their thinking is based on a misunderstanding of God’s methods. Our Father in heaven is constantly blamed for things that aren’t his fault.

Seeing God properly is liberating as it strengthens our mental, spiritual and emotional health. We must calm our emotions enough to take problems apart and see them as individual entities.

A person is suffering at work because of bullying and they pray and plead with God to remove the problem. When they find silence, they assume God doesn’t care and they turn their back on the Lord.

Let’s break this down and examine the pieces. In doing so, we’ll possibly find angles we’ve not considered.

Be thankful that we have jobs to provide for ourselves and our families. God expects us to be the best we can be at everything (Colossians 3:23).

We must glorify God in every part of our lives (Ephesians 4:1) and do all we can to bring souls to God (Matthew 28:18-20). Plus prayer is always a line for the faithful to find God’s ear (Psalm 145:18).

We don’t know everyone’s motivations and we’ll never agree with everyone we encounter (Romans 12:18).

God isn’t ruled by human actions or beliefs (Isaiah 55:8-9). Since his Word existed before time, we can’t change his standard of truth (Psalm 119:89). God has absolute power (Psalm 147:5), yet the Lord limits himself by giving us choice (Ezekiel 18:19-22).

The bully has freewill given by God. Their behavior has a motivation. Whether we agree with it or not is immaterial. Likely all we can do is deal with it as it is.

Basically, God will not violate someone’s freewill. We’re Christians who must be transformed so we can overcome a sinful world (Romans 12:1-2). God is our standard and our response (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

Accordingly, the Lord is not responsible for the bully’s actions and God will not violate his divine rules just because we demand it. He isn’t our puppet.

Remember that Satan will use everything at his disposal to take us away from our Savior (John 8:44).

God will provide a way to handle the bully and an avenue of escape. However, we’re in the situation because of someone else’s freewill and ultimately because Satan is evil (1 Peter 5:8).

Consider that our Christian response may bring someone to God. We may need our faith strengthened, even if by trials (Hebrews 11:6; James 1:2-3). We may need to mature in the faith and this is how it occurs. Maybe God is working on a larger plan for us to get a better job.

If God did everything we wanted, providence would cease to exist and all the enormous blessings God has prepared for us would disappear. Finally, remember that persecution is normal to Christians (2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 12-17).

All we can do is trust in the Lord. Then we think soberly and spiritually, fill our minds with God’s Word and allow the spirit to find our goals rather than the flesh.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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