God is Strong and He Cares—Message of Hope
by PASTOR MICHAEL CISLER
North Kent Bible Church
Concerning the terrible devastation that has come upon Japan following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, a newsperson recently asked which of the following two things is true. Is God strong enough to take care of things but doesn’t care enough to do so, or is God very caring but not strong enough to take care of things? At first I was disappointed because the truth was not given as one of the options. Then I realized that likely many people ask this question, not knowing there is another answer.
Concerning the strength and caring of God, Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Luke 1:37 says, “Nothing is impossible with God.” God created the heavens and the earth and, with Him, all things are possible. His strength is not lacking.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God loves people so much that He gave us His son.
In 2 Peter 3:9 it says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God’s care for us is great and He does not desire that anyone should perish.
So why does so much bad happen in our world? God is strong, God cares, and God has allowed man to make his own decisions. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they brought upon the then-perfect earth a curse. And we still see that curse in place today as death and sorrow are around us. But God has also made a way through Jesus for people to have peace today and a hope for the future.
Jesus says in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” We can have peace in the world today through Jesus. We also have hope for the future, as God has a plan of restoration and perfection when Jesus returns (Revelation 21 and 22).
God loves us and is strong enough to bring about change. His desire is that all would turn their hearts to Him. His strength will bring about an everlasting perfect world after Jesus returns. Rather than turning to God to blame Him for the problems of the world, let’s turn to Him for peace in our troubled world and a great hope for the future.