I am not someone to quickly correct another person’s theology; but on some occasions, I cannot help myself. We heard a lot of banter about “political correctness” in the recent presidential campaign. Is there such a thing as “theological correctness?” I think there may be times….
Recently, someone posted this thought on FaceBook:
On the surface, these words sound comforting and supportive. But what does it say about the nature of God? Does God EVER push us to the edge? Is it within the nature of God to push us toward some kind of terrible or very difficult situation? (The story of Job in the Old Testament notwithstanding.) I think not. The God I worship—the God revealed to us in Jesus—does not deliberately direct us into hardship or pain or stress.
When God pushes you to the edge, trust him fully, because only two things can happen: either he catches you when you fall or he will teach you how to fly.
I have used this statement more often than I can count. Many times in the face of tragedy or trauma! (I even preached this idea on the Sunday following 9/11/2001—from Romans 8:28.) I find this to be a vastly different kind of Good News under which to live and a very different way of seeing and knowing God. And I feel called to lead and influence the thinking of someone who seems to find comfort in statements similar to the FaceBook posting above.
God does not will everything that happens; but in everything that happens God wills good.