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Mom, did the devil make your hands hurt? and other questions of the faith of a 7-year-old

So my 7 year old says to me last night, as he sees my on-going bumpy rash on my hands, “Mom, did the devil make your hands hurt?”DSCN4603

I looked at him a bit confused and my husband said, “Cornelia, he’s asking you a question.”

And he asked it again, then explained his question, “Cause you said the devil hurts you and God makes good things happen.”

Wow, don’t you just love the questions from the mouth of babes.

He didn’t stop there.

“Mom, I don’t get why God just doesn’t go down to hell and kill the devil.”

Another smile. And another, wow. Good question. I encourage the questions and I also tell my children that I am not always able to find the answer in a quick, easy, one sentence statement. But that questions are good.

Augustin is really asking the age –old question of old and what some people say keeps them from following God. You’ll hear people say, “How can a good God allow evil in the world?”  and “How can you say God is good when there is so much suffering in the world?”

It is tough to think about and we need to acknowledge others as they express this statement. As I read various passages in the Bible, I see God being questioned by men and women of faith, and I see doubt expressed and I see people wondering, where is God? And I think of the reality of God giving us freewill and the existence of evil forces and how God did not create robots but He created people with the choice to do good and bad. But, sometimes the questions are still there. I am reminded of King David, who was considered a man after God’s own heart, and yet even he cried out to God in Psalm 22:1- 2—“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?…O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.”

Yet, what I love is how David turns it around to trust in God, speaking truth into the situation. He says in the next verse, “Yet, You are holy. O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel…”

Ultimately, this question of Satan comes down to the reality of

where our struggle has its roots. As we studied Ephesians 6 in my discipleship group with Linda Ebel, we are reminded that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers, against the forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness… (v. 12).

Why doesn’t God just destroy the devil now and does Satan cause my hands to be bad? Good questions and all I can say is, we are in a world that is not perfect and we are not perfect and that is what makes life intesting, that is

what makes our life a story, and one day, as it tells us in the Bible, the devil will be destroyed and one day my hands will be perfect.

But not today. And that is okay. Because it makes me trust God today, and it makes me depend on Him today, and it draws me to my knees. To say, Not my will be done, but thine. Exactly what Jesus told us to say.

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  1. maru says

    He chose a stuttering shepherd
    to be the voice for God
    to tell a story.

    He chose a shy little boy
    to write songs for God
    to tell a story.

    He chose a naive fisherman
    to be an ambassador for God
    to a tell a story.

    He chose you of imperfect hands
    to write down words
    to tell a story.

    We serve an awesome God!

  2. Dennis Marcellino says

    Romans 8:28 says that everything that happens to us is for a GOOD reason. So it is also with the situation with your hands. Remember, Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” too. Why? To keep him humble. That is a good reason :-) We aren’t perfect and therefore will need some divine help to keep us moving in the direction of perfection. And it comes in different forms.

    Regarding why God allows Satan and evil to continue (I actually did an article on this topic for Maxim Magazine) is because He really only has one purpose here on Earth … to get us to Heaven. So to understand everything that happens on Earth, you must process it through that realization. And to get to Heaven we have to choose God out of our free will. It isn’t love if we force somebody. Therefore God is not forcing anyone to buy into His plan. And that means that people will choose bad things. But even that is good because it helps people to choose a good God and His good way, seeing the examples in this world of how awful it is when free will chooses bad. And the good part about God allowing Satan to continue is that God can use Satan to find out who is with God and who isn’t and also to refine us in holiness by tempting us. But the Bible says in a number of places that Satan can’t touch us without God’s permission. Satan may be a “roaring lion looking to devour whoever he can”, but for us that “lion sleeps tonight” … and today too :-)

  3. LouAnn Edwards says

    That is soooo cool! Thanks for the great reminder about our struggles being supernatural…can’t forget that one!

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