This poem/dialogue came to me one night while listening to a Christian song about life. In the first verse a non-believer is talking to himself about life. In the second verse, he carries on a conversation with God in regards to life in which God encourages him about life, even persuading the non-believer to become a believer and to do God’s work. The conversation ends in a very truthful way.
Struggle, anguish, frustration
Troubles, afflictions, griefs
Is life fair?
Cancer, miscarriages, divorces
Bad always happening to good people
Job loss, sickness, death
Does good ever happen?
War, fires, hurricanes
Murders, terrorist attacks, kidnappings
Why, God? – if there is a God.
Do I turn to you, God?
Seek Me, find Me, know Me
Do I pray?
Ask Me, listen to Me, receive Me
Do I read Your Word?
Meditate on it, study it, memorize it
What good will all that do?
Gain understanding, wisdom, knowledge
How will that help my life?
Increase faith, trust, hope
How can I help the world?
Share with them, give to them, love them
What’s the big picture?
Eternal life, joy, salvation
But bad will still happen?
Yes, forever, always
Why, God, why?
S I N
Life will never be easy. There will always be obstacles in your way that will make one suffer and go through turmoil. Sin is a part of it. Sin – your own and other’s – can lead to devastating effects. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
God has been known to destroy entire cities because of sin, and even the entire world when God sent the flood to wipe out mankind. Consequence is a result of sin – I know this firsthand. But “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 And because of that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Bad things will continue to happen in our lives and in the world until Christ returns and defeats sin. In the meantime, all we can do is continue to trust in God, putting our faith in the One Who can deliver us from evil, tragedies and heartaches, and Who can bring us to eternal life someday – the life I look forward to. “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be save.” Romans 10:9
Life on earth – not so good. Eternal life – is there anything better than that!