As a Man was having his hair cut and his beard trimmed in Barbershop they were talking about various subjects, when they eventually touched on the subject of God, the Barber said; ‘I don’t believe that God exists.’
‘Why do you say that?’ asked the Customer. ‘Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist. Tell me, if God exists would there be so many sick people? would there be Abandoned Children?
If God existed there would be neither Pain nor Suffering! I can’t imagine a Loving God who would allow all of these things.’ The Customer thought for a moment but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument. The Barber finished his job and the customer left the Shop.
Just after he left the Barbershop he saw a Man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair, he looked dirty and unkempt. The Customer turned back and entered the Barbershop again and he said to the Barber:
‘You know what? Barbers do not exist.’
‘How can you say that?’ asked the surprised Barber. ‘I am here, and I am a Barber and I just worked on you!’
‘No!’ the Customer exclaimed. ‘Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair like that Man outside and some have untrimmed beards too.’
‘Ah but Barbers DO exist! That’s what happens when People do not come to me.’
‘Exactly!’ affirmed the Customer. ‘That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist! That’s what happens when People do not go to Him and don’t look to Him for Help. That’s why there’s so much Pain and Suffering in the World, so much Anger, yes so much Evil.’
I think it is good explanation but it still leaves questions unanswered. It always makes me ask; “Well why do people suffer who are seeking the Lord with all their hearts? or why are Christians hurting? and why do some Christians do wrong? or why do Children who God says are innocent until they are able to understand, why are they Abused, Abandoned and Suffer? because this can stay with them for the rest of their lives unless they are Healed, why does God not Stop Evil, He is God of the Impossible isn’t He?
Satan controls this earth and all the evil that is propagated by Man and has done so since Mankind chose to Sin and he has the right to put us to the Test as He did Jesus, Abraham, Job, Peter, Paul etc. The Scripture confirms to say that even Christians do evil to bring good out of it is Slander how much more so to say it about God.
1John 5: 19- 20 We know that we are of God and the whole World lies under the Sway of the Wicked One. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is True and we are in Him who is True, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the True God and Eternal life.N.K.J.V
As we look at Paul’s life who was a very Godly man and who put God first, we see that He suffered greatly but look how he handled it and of course Jesus said in this world we will have trouble no matter how much you seek to do right, the only difference with Christians is Jesus is with us to carry us through the Storm. I feel it has to do a whole lot with our attitude too and how we look at trouble, just look at Paul’s attitude and how he looked at all the suffering and pain he went through and this was for doing good. He gave Thanks and to God and Rejoiced that He was with him through it all, he did not blame Him for afflicting him or for willingly allowing or for planing the evil that afflicted him.
Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the Children of Men.
Jeremiah 29 :11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of Peace and not of Evil, to give you a Future and a Hope.
We too will suffer when we follow Jesus as He did, we will be hated, slandered, abused and ignored even by some in our own Families and also in the Church, we may even be Martyred but our reward will be great.
So as the Barber Message tells us we need to seek the Lord because without Him we experience all type of grief’s and problems that we can’t handle in a Godly way.
But God does not plan to bring suffering to us or willingly allows it but He will bring us through it ? ” We are to Love Him with all our Heart, Mind, Soul and yes with our All, we cannot Trust someone in our Heart whom we believe will deliberately hurt us or willingly allow it even if we claim it’s for our good and if we don’t Trust we cannot Love, we will have fleshy fear instead and not reverence which is what God tells us about unbelievers and Carnal or Baby Believers.
Yes sometimes we need to be disciplined and this hurts but God let’s us reap the evil we sow to bring us to Heart Repentance just as He did with the Prodigal Son but He Molds and Shapes us by the Fruit of The Spirit and so we will be strengthened by what we go through so we can endure, which is confirmed in the Scriptures, Isaiah 43:1-3 He knew us before we were Conceived and it was not His will we are hurt, it grieves Him greatly but He Protects our Soul, He does not crush our spirit.
Psalm 97:9-11 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods. Ye that Love the Lord, hate evil, He preserveth the souls of His Saints, He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the Righteous and gladness for the Upright in Heart.
It is not only for this life we live which is like a Split Second in Eternity, God is preparing us for His Kingdom where we will know Complete Joy Eternally because there is no Death, Suffering or Pain of any kind there.
Why does God not stop evil? well we may never know how much He does intervene to help us but sometimes He does so Miraculously, we also have Doctors and Nurses, Medicine and Natural remedies these are all God’s Tools and He sends Carers and Support for Children and People in need.
It is not God’s will anyone Perishes meaning to be Eternally separated from Him in Torment but He is giving those whom He knows as His own, time to come to Heart repentance and not one of us will be lost.
Although there is evil in all of us until we are Perfected, there is The Holy Spirit’s influence in our lives too and even with Non Christians because God knows His Redeemed Children from the beginning of time He knows all things and that we will repent and accept His free gift of Salvation in Christ Jesus and so by this foreknowledge He predestines us to be conformed into the image of Jesus as we work out our Salvation but not meaning work for it.
Repentance is not a one off thing as The Lord’s Prayer shows. We need to come to Heart repentance daily accepting the forgiveness we have in Jesus Christ and turning away from evil and doing good and we can because Jesus has set us free and no Temptation will be greater than we can bear.
We are all on a journey with The Lord yes even His Lost Sheep whom He goes after and brings back to the Fold and until we are Perfected in Love we can still choose to do things in the Carnal flesh and cause harm both to others and to ourselves until our flesh has been put to death and we are Born Again and Perfected in Love which we are all to Aim for. Jesus is our Advocate and only Intercessor, when we Repent we are forgiven.
Because of God’s great Love for us He is patient not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to Heart repentance. But He did not make us Puppets, we are able to choose right from wrong and as the Carnal flesh is put to death by the Holy Spirit as we choose to walk in Righteousness (Romans 8 :12-15- Romans 6 -Colossians 3:4-6 -Galatians 5:24 -26) as we Aim to be Perfected in Love (Matthew 5:48 – Hebrews 6:1-Philippians 3:14-16 -2Timothy 3:17-1John 4:16-19- 1John 2:4-6- 2Corinthians 13:11) we become more and more Holy and we than walk as Jesus did on earth and we have His Mind and He does not choose to Sin .
When we do a lot that is evil, it can be because we are hurting greatly and although this does not make it right our God is a Compassionate and Loving and He will forgive us if we Repent which means being really sorry and not continuing to do evil but to do good which we can only do with His Strength as we seek Jesus to lead us.
Sadly there are people who are just evil and never come to Heart Repentance but we are not to judge others Eternal Destiny because only God knows their Heart but because we care we are to warn others if what they are doing is hurting themselves or other people. They might not listen or they may even reject us but we can accept whatever their response is without holding on to anger and hurt by asking God to help us deal with these feelings.
If someone needs to Chastise and warn us we appreciate their concern and ask God to show us if there is Truth in what they say and we will know if we are in the wrong because we will try to justify or cover up and we will have no Peace. This means we need to come to Repentance make amends when necessary and then turn from evil and do good .
By warning people we may give them doubts about what they are doing or believing and cause them to question why and maybe they will seek help from the Lord to have the Victory over whatever they are doing wrong or believing in error and if they will not listen even when others have warned them too then we can only leave it in the Lords hands and continue to Pray for them. This does not mean we judge them by our standards understanding or feelings but only by God’s Truth and we do so because we care and we do it with Love.
So why does God not stop all the evil in the World? He will one day but for now He remembers His Promise and that Jesus is our Ark so we need to hold onto His Promise in……
Romans 8:28 We know that all things works together for good to them that Love God, to them that are called according to His Purpose K.J.V
I will be in Touch, Christian Love Always – Anne.