The Most Important Truth about God and Misery

March 27, 2016 Speaker: Paul Sanders Series: Easter

Topic: Acts Passage: Galatians 4:23–4:31

Can an all-powerful God who does not always stop evil be good?

Can a good God really be all powerful since evil is so prevalent in our world?

God is in total control even over our suffering

Acts 2:22-24

God’s plan and purposes will include pain and sorrow.

 Romans 8:28,
“that God will work all things out for the good of those who love Him and who are the called according to His purpose.”

Job…Joseph…Slavery in Egypt…Israel…

 Psalm 2. Consider how so at vs. 25.

Why did the nations rage or conspire – the gentiles or Romans raged against Jesus

And the people plot vain things? – Judas & the people of Israel made their plans

The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together –
Pilate and Herod stood and the Jewish religious leaders stood their ground…

And they went against the LORD and against His Christ.’ – Who is Jesus.

He would be betrayed for 40 pieces of silver. He would be spit upon, beat and mocked.
His clothes would be gambled for. He would be lifted high on a tree.
He would be wounded and pierced. He would endure the wrath of God upon sins.
He would become sin for us. He would give up His last breath and die.
He would be buried. His family would be heart broken.
His friends would be devastated. Yet, He also would rise again.

And God the Father planned it all.

The most profound thing we can say about evil and suffering is that,
In Jesus Christ, God entered into the evil and suffering and turned it for good.

They were reminding themselves of God’s sovereignty over it all

Acts 4:29-30

What are you dealing with these days? What difficulty confronts you?
What are you dealing with these days? What difficulty confronts you? What risk do you face if you stand with Christ? Know that God is over it.

C.S. Lewis said that in this life,
“We’re not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we’re wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”

Margaret Clarkson wrote,
“O Father, You are sovereign in all the affairs of man.
No powers of death or darkness can thwart Your perfect plan.
All chance and change transcending, supreme in time and space,
You hold Your trusting children secure in Your embrace.”

 Moments after his daughter was pronounced dead, Stephen Curtis Chapman looked to those around him in the hospital and said,


“As crazy as this seems right now, the only thing I can say to honor the life of my little girl and our terrible loss at this moment is to ask you, please don’t miss this…we will all stand here one day and face eternity. If you don’t know the One who can give you eternal life, His name is Jesus…you need to meet Him.”

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