When Dorothy and her new friends crept before the Wizard my heart pounded with theirs. The green phoenix seemed to hold all of the power but had no compassion for those he ruled.
Many people today see God as some kind of cosmic wizard--somewhat like the one pulling the levers in the green world of Oz.
He manipulated. He kept his subjects cowering in fear. He did not care about his subjects--only himself.
Sadly, today, many recoil from any mention of God because they only see him as a cruel master dishing out random pain--for his own amusement.
When I hear, "What kind of a god could allow that?" I have to agree. Not the one I know.
It is difficult at times to reconcile pain and the goodness of God. A friend lost her husband leaving her with three children: 8, 2 and 8 months. As she sat at the hospital reeling from the news a friend, recently widowed, arrived. Her only words were: "If you can't trust God's hand, trust His heart."
There are no easy answers but we can put God to the test. When the pain he allows in our life makes no sense, look at His character and heart--not the events. Ask Him to show Himself to you and comfort you.
David of the ancient Bible times cried out: "God when will you comfort me?" He often expressed doubts and dissatisfaction to his God. And he was known as a man after God's own heart.
An old testament description of God is: the LORD your God who carried you, as a father carries his son.
The new testament name for God is: Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.
Is He the Oz God, randomly pulling levers behind a curtain? Or is He a loving heavenly father who cries with us, saves our tears in a bottle and carries us through our pain. Don't take my word for it. Ask Him.
He will show Himself to you in amazing ways.
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