Is There a Reason?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

Often times I’ve heard people say, “There must be a reason…” when trying to explain the hurts, sorrows, suffering, and pain that befall those of us who walk along the paths of this broken world. I’ve said it myself and wondered, “There must be a reason, but what is it?”

In the Old Testament book of Job God allowed Satan to test blameless and upright Job’s devotion to God. Disaster upon disaster struck one right after the other.

Through it all, however, Job proved faithful. He questioned. Sure. But he never cursed God, like some told him to do.

Job’s friends accused him of unconfessed sins as the reason for his trouble. They said Job deserved punishment for whatever it was he’d done, but refused to admit. They blamed him for the disasters that caused unknown suffering.

It wasn’t until God spoke (chapters 38-41) that he set everyone straight as to who God was and how no mere man can stand against him.

He is God. We are not.

When questioned, Job answered, “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted.” (42:1)

Perhaps you feel like Job. Attacked on every side. Friends tell you it’s your own fault. Certainly there are times when our actions and sins do lead to pain and suffering, but not all sickness or loss is due to sin.

Like God said, Job was upright and righteous, yet God allowed Satan to attack Job.

Because, like Job, we don’t appreciate people telling us our illness, job loss, wayward child…is punishment for our unconfessed sins, we need to be equally careful not to accuse others in the same manner.

Ever feel like Job and wondered what the reason for your suffering could possibly be? Do you think it could be because God knows you are upright and righteous, and will stand the test?

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 One day as the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, Satan, the Accuser, came with them.

“Where have you come from?” the Lord asked Satan.

And Satan replied, “From earth, where I’ve been watching everything that’s going on.”

 Then the Lord asked Satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a good man who fears God and will have nothing to do with evil.”

 “Why shouldn’t he when you pay him so well?” Satan scoffed.  “You have always protected him and his home and his property from all harm. You have prospered everything he does—look how rich he is! No wonder he ‘worships’ you! But just take away his wealth, and you’ll see him curse you to your face!”

And the Lord replied to Satan, “You may do anything you like with his wealth, but don’t harm him physically.”

So Satan went away; and sure enough, not long afterwards when Job’s sons and daughters were dining at the oldest brother’s house, tragedy struck. Job 1:6-12 (TLB)

I wish you well.


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God’s Perfect Plan

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

While meditating on the Easter message of how God gave his son, Jesus, up on the cross of Calvary to save mankind from our sins, I thought about multiple things. One I’ll share here.

Sometimes we are called to surrender our loved ones to God’s plan, when that plan may not seem like the best plan to us.

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “There will be hell to pay…” I never quite understood that phrase but knew it sounded dreadful, so I looked it up. It means “great trouble”. As in, Jesus’ great love for us and his obedience to the will of his Father caused great trouble, or hell to pay, when he bore God’s cup of wrath on his perfect sinless body so we, in all our sinfulness, wouldn’t have to.

In Andrew Peterson’s “The Chasing Song” one line is seared into my brain. He chased my sin to Calvary and he caught it on that hill.

Jesus paid hell to release us from Satan’s clutches.

God allowed his blessed son to endure the unimaginable. He gave Jesus up to the cross when that probably did not seem like the best plan to his disciples.

But thanks be to God for the sacrifice and resurrection! Major fist pump, here.

Often times as parents we might be hesitant to release our children to God’s perfect plan for their lives. Although we love them deeply, we need to realize God loves them more.

In thinking of Jesus, our Sacrificial Lamb who saves those covered by his blood, I thought of the Israelites in Egypt. I thought about the passover lamb whose blood spared those under it when the Death Angel passed over.

As is my way, I followed those thoughts and they led me to Jocebed, Moses’ mother. She knew God had a plan for his people, but didn’t know what that plan was.

When her son, Moses, was born I am positive it caused her great trouble to put her 3-month-old baby in a papyrus basket and place him along the reeds in the crocodile infested waters of the Nile River.

Jocebed’s love for her son left him in God’s loving hands. Not an easy task at times.

Has God called you to release someone precious to you so he can work in that person’s life to complete his perfect plan in and through them? Has God asked you to give them up to his loving heart? Is the releasing process causing you great trouble?

When asked to place our child in a papyrus basket, set it in a crocodile infested river, and leave him or her to the Father’s care, we can take heart and rest confidently in the fact God loves our children more than we ever could.

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About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. Exodus 2:1-3 (NLT)

I wish you well.


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